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Becoming a University Police Officer

police officer stopping a carThe first step in becoming a university police officer is to contact the University Personnel Office and request a "PLD-1," which is an application for state service. The form can also be downloaded from the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services Web site at www.das.state.ct.us/ along with any additional information. Testing and scheduling is administered through the Department of Administrative Services, which can also be contacted at (860) 713-5204 with any additional questions.

The position to apply for is "Protective Services Trainee (Police) Examination," which has the following requirements:

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY

The minimum qualifications necessary for becoming a university police officer are:

  • general intelligence
  • ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • ability in oral and written expression
  • ability to evaluate emergency situations and develop effective courses of action for same
  • ability to deal effectively with those contacted in the work

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • During the period as a police trainee, or during the period of provisional appointment to the target class, candidates will be required to complete a course of training to include completion and graduation from the Municipal Police Training Council Academy program or its equivalent. (Successful completion of formal training is mandatory for permanent appointment to the target class for trainees at the University of Connecticut or State Universities).
  • Appointment to this class will be for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months. Provisional appointment will be made to the target class when formal training has not been completed after twelve (12) months as a Protective Services Trainee (Police).
  • Incumbents in this class must have reached their 21st birthday.
  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license.
  • Polygraph, psychological testing, and a medical examination are also required.
  • Incumbents in this class must have graduated from high school prior to admission to a basic police officer training program sponsored by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and maintain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic certification.

 

CHARACTER REQUIREMENT

In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate will be made before persons are certified for permanent appointment.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT

Incumbents in this class must possess sufficient strength, stamina, and agility to perform all the duties of the class.