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Sergeant, Campus Police Department - Georgetown University Law Center

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Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2023

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Sergeant, Campus Police Department - Georgetown University Law Center

Job Overview

Reporting to the Director of the Campus Police Department/designee, the Sergeant works independently with limited supervision, collaborating with other Patrol Sergeants and serving as a frontline supervisor for subordinate officers and civilians (student guards and contact security guards)

The Sergeant oversees day-today operations/activities and supervises patrol officers assigned to provide police, safety and physical security services to the Georgetown University Law Center and the community in general. They ensure compliance with appropriate written and verbal orders of the Director/designee for all security, police, and safety and traffic matters occurring on and around Law Center property; direct and deploy the work activities of subordinate employees assigned; consult with the Director/designee on appropriate personnel decisions; serve as initial Incident Commander on-scene during incidents and emergencies unless relieved by a ranking officer; and send emergency notifications to the University Community during critical events as approved by Director/designee.

The Sergeant ensures administrative support processes for the Campus Police Department are accurately completed/maintained (for example, crime logs, activity sheets, daily rosters, time and attendance); and employs knowledge of an extensive array of leadership competencies that are beyond the scope/requirements of subordinate officers - for example, conducting investigations of personnel performance, evaluating campus safety programs, analyzing training needs, enacting problem-solving techniques, and applying outstanding judgment to unusual events/incidents. As well, they engage in community policing and crime prevention activities, and may be assigned special projects/assignments.

The duties of the Sergeant are critical to emergency management and law enforcement operations as errors can lead to the loss of life and loss of property; as well, effective public safety at the University has a positive impact on the reputation of the University.

Work Interactions

The Sergeant is an integral part of Georgetown Law’s Campus Police Department. As a visible representative of public safety, they reflect positively or negatively on the department and/or the University; and as a liaison to internal constituencies (students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, visitors, neighbors) and external agencies (MPD, DCFD,FBI, USSS), they routinely interact in a professional manner. As well, in a structured/formal or unstructured/emergency setting (for example non-routine contacts, contacts as part of a presentation, and/or contacts with violators/victims), they convey information in a clear, concise, and logical manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher teaming
  • At least 5 years of law enforcement experience related to public safety, security, law enforcement, military and/or equivalent supervisory experience with knowledge of criminal/civil law and police policies and procedures – including 3 years of supervisory experience
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with no violations in the last three 3
  • Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Special Police Officer Commission, to obtain any other security-related clearances, and to pass a detailed post-offer background investigation
  • Ability to obtain and maintain certification in Arrest Control Tactics, Baton, and QC-based Aerosol Subject Restraint, and other assigned training subjects
  • Successful completion of Consortium of Universities Law Enforcement Academy, usually during the probation period or equivalent training and certification from a civilian or military law enforcement academy as required by the Director. [If a candidate has previously graduated from a recognized police academy, the Director may request an academy waiver with documentation.]
  • Successful completion of all other departmental trainings, to include Crisis De-Escalation Train-the-Trainer or equivalent, Field Training & Evaluation Program or equivalent, Basic Instructor Training Program or equivalent, First line Supervisor Training or equivalent, and Instructor and Lesson Plan Development Training Program or equivalent
  • Proficiency in use of computers, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and email - and/or the ability to learn these applications
  • Excellent grammar, speaking, and writing skills (completion of a written test and/or a writing sample, if required by the Director)
  • Possession of tact, patience, a courteous and welcoming demeanor in order to interact successfully with students, staff, faculty, visitors, and community members
  • Experience in - and responsibility for critical - incident response and notification procedures
  • Experience and/or training in situations involving sexual assault and discrimination (including religious, racial, and sexual orientation), and in biased-based policing and ethics
  • Accountability for rules and responsibilities and for own actions and actions of subordinates; and dependability in meeting commitments, work attendance, and punctuality.

Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and/or security related, law enforcement or military work experience; and/or security-related, law enforcement or military training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Technical Qualifications

  • Knowledge of telecommunications equipment, as well as administrative and clerical skills
  • Advanced knowledge of criminal/civil law and police policies and procedures
  • Direct fiscal responsibility and/or indirect fiduciary responsibility for property and equipment
  • Advanced knowledge of emergency management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery)
  • Advanced knowledge of policing in a higher education environment and applicable laws/policies/procedures/reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex functions, establish priorities, and resolve issues
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and implement programs/projects

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to supervise, evaluate, manage, and motivate subordinate police personnel
  • Tact and courteous demeanor when interacting with Law Center community and all citizens
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and remain focused when performing multiple tasks
  • Ability to employ discretion, professionalism, and de-escalated use of police powers in a University environment
  • Willingness and initiative to support subordinates and organizational goals in difficult work situations, and to take full responsibility for duties and follow up on assignments

All applicants are subject to a drug test, physical examination by a medical doctor to University specifications, extensive psychological testing, and physical fitness/agility test as required by the Director. Preference for 20/20 vision or corrective lens (including contact lens) in order to see far and near objects, estimate distance, and distinguish colors.

Physical Environment: Performs routine desk/ office and police duties. Significant time is spent outside and walking with regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts such as noise, high temperatures, and adverse weather conditions. As a responder to incidents, may incur proximity to danger, including acts of violence, fire, fumes, odors, toxins, and protests which require agility/dexterity (stair climbing, running, bending, kneeling, and crawling) and strength to pursue, apprehend, and detain uncooperative persons. As well, lifting up to 100 pounds may be required.

Essential Staff: The Sergeant is designated as Essential under the University personnel policy guidelines and is therefore subject to be on-call when necessary. They must be willing and available to work extended, odd, or off hours to achieve the expectations and requirements of the Department – to include rotating tours of duty (day shifts, evening shifts, overnight shifts) with fluctuating days off, according to Campus Police Department requirements.

Work Mode: On Campus. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

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Submission Guidelines:

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Need some assistance with the application process? Please call 202-687-2500. For more information about the suite of benefits, professional development and community involvement opportunities that make up Georgetown's commitment to its employees, please visit the Georgetown Works website.

EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Georgetown University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, retirement savings, tuition assistance, work-life balance benefits, employee discounts and an array of voluntary insurance options. You can learn more about benefits and eligibility on the Department of Human Resources website.