Police Officer


Under the supervision of the Chief of Police, a Police Officer in the Carlow University Campus Police Department patrols assigned areas of property used, owned or occupied by Carlow University and the Sisters of Mercy. The primary objective of the Campus Police Officer is to provide a safe and secure environment for all members of a diverse University community by means of an alert and vigilant prevention patrol. In addition, they must be equally concerned with delivery of a wide variety of services consistent with needs of the university, its administrative staff, its faculty, students, the Sisters of Mercy, and visitors.

This position requires a working knowledge of Pennsylvania law, a strong interpersonal communications aptitude, customer service orientation, and a collaborative interfacing with all University personnel. The incumbent must possess: the ability to work independently in prioritizing work and emergency calls, keep accurate records, the ability to problem solve constructively; understand and follow directions as well as give directions; strong attention to detail, the ability to work with a diverse population; and the initiative for self-directed accomplishment is essential.


  •  Maintain peace, order, and morality, protect persons and property, prevent crime, and apprehend criminals within Carlow University and Sisters of Mercy areas.
  • Investigate all crime, protect crime scenes, collect and preserve evidence, investigate accidents, unlawful acts, make legal arrests of offenders, and serve warrants and subpoenas when required
  • Prepare required concise reports daily, prepare cases for court, attend hearings when scheduled, and testify before courts and other legally empowered bodies when required.
  • Review reports of investigations and recommend further action as necessary.
  • Be familiar with and enforce Carlow University Rules and Regulations, and procedures of the Department.
  • Perform other duties, functions, and activities as assigned. 
  • Demonstrates and reflects an understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of Carlow University and the Sisters of Mercy. 
  • In the absence of the Chief of Police, the Police Officer will report the Police Sergeant. In absence of the Police Sergeant, the Police will report to the Police Detective.
  • Demonstrate and reflect understanding of and commitment to the mission and core values of Carlow University and the Sisters of Mercy.
  • The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
  1. High school diploma or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  2. Act 120 Certification
  3. Ability to communicate effectively, in person, via telephone, and in writing. 
  4. Ability to efficiently operate the telephone, two-way radio, email, and related systems. 
  5. Proven problem solving skills with ability to make decisions and take initiative to resolve issues. 
  6. Proven ability to maintain strict confidentiality and to handle sensitive matters using discretion, diplomacy, and good judgment. 
  7. Strong business ethics. 
  8. Physical: Must be able to carry out vigorous patrol of the assigned area, being constantly alert to observe those conditions of things that promote criminal activity and other incidents that require police service by answering all calls, disposing of all complaints in a professional manner, and recording such actions as required by the Department policy.

Environmental Conditions: Ability to work outdoors in all climates.

Mental: Ability to pay close attention to detail, to work under pressure, to deal with constant interruptions, to remain calm and composed when dealing with difficult or irate or emotionally up-set people or situations both in person and over the phone.

Other: Weekend or evening shifts, as well as holiday shifts are required.

Carlow University employees commit themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct. They commit to act with integrity, treat others with respect and dignity, carefully steward the University's resources, avoid conflicts of interest or commitment, maintain confidentiality, and to comply with legal and professional obligations.

Send cover letter and resume to HR11@carlow.edu.

Carlow University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive for a campus that reflects our urban setting and is inclusive of underrepresented groups to enhance our University community. 


Full/Part/FT&PT: Full-time - non-exempt
Department: Police Department
Contact Name/Title: Search Committee
Contact Address: Carlow University 3333 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Email Address: HR11@carlow.edu