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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The University of Washington campus is a beautiful campus. It takes the commitment of our police force, security personnel and the involvement of the community to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The UWPD is committed to involving the community in solving crime problems through community policing practices and keeping the community educated as to safe practices to protect yourself and your property. This also requires a commitment from the community in helping us by taking responsibility in reporting crimes, suspicious activities, and practicing good and practical crime prevention techniques.

As an agency of the university community, UWPD provides law enforcement to the largest college and stadium in Washington State. It also provides security to visiting dignitaries and during demonstrations. The Police Department serves a vital role in the safety, security, and success of the University of Washington. Its purpose is to serve and protect the students, staff, faculty and all people and property within the jurisdiction of that community.

UWPD has an outstanding opportunity for a Campus Police Sergeant to serve the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus. Incumbents have arrest powers and are required to be commissioned law enforcement officers under the regulations of the state.


Sergeant will perform patrol duties of the police officer

Be responsible for supervising a squad of police officers, security staff or any other supervisory role at the discretion of the Chief of Police or his designee. Incumbents have arrest powers and are required to be commissioned law officers under the regulations of the state

Assign duties; train and supervise campus police officers assigned to a shift or squad; advise, counsel, and recommend disciplinary and other personnel actions

Evaluate performance of subordinates to determine training requirements and deficiencies

Assist in development and conduct of training programs for campus police

Investigate complaints of disturbance, accidents, stolen property, or criminal activity; conduct internal investigations as assigned

Patrol campus buildings and grounds on foot or by vehicle to maintain security

Issue citations for violations of campus regulations, local, state, and federal laws

Write reports covering activity of squad or shift assigned; review and correct reports of subordinate officers

May perform duties in the positions of Support Services Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Fleet/Quartermaster Sergeant and Patrol Sergeant as needed.

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Two years of work experience as a campus police officer or equivalent
  • No previous felony convictions
  • U.S. citizenship is required
A Bachelor’s degree in Political Science may substitute for one year of required experience.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Examination Requirements:
The examination (including written, E & T and oral components) will consist of a scored evaluation of the applicant's knowledge of laws and police procedures, law enforcement experience, training, physical and personal qualifications related to the ability to perform the supervisory duties of Campus Police Sergeant. An oral examination may be used to determine supervisory qualifications; and detailed knowledge of departmental procedures.

Additional requirements:
  • Lateral candidates must have successfully completed a State Law Enforcement Academy, been employed continuously for two years and have current certification as a police officer.
  • Must be a commissioned State of Washington law enforcement officer or have the ability to become Washington State commissioned within 12 months of employment.
  • No convictions for child abuse.
  • No convictions for domestic violence.
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license (or by date of hire).
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

  • Three years of work experience as a university police officer OR police officer
Condition of Employment:
  • Expected to perform the following or it is a critical part of the position: Standing, sitting, walking, hand dexterity (keyboarding/repetitive movements), reading, writing, eye-hand coordination, hearing, talking, seeing (clear vision near and/or far), using the telephone, contact with general public, working alone.
  • Working inside/outside
  • Working flexible hours, as needed.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.


Application Deadline: February 13, 2013

Candidate Orientation: Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 9am to 11am at UWPD.

Upcoming Assessment Center: March 12, 2013

1. Apply on-line by the application deadline noted. A complete application includes:

  • Copying/pasting an updated resume in your candidate profile;
  • Completing the Employment Eligibility Assessment (as needed)
  • Answering the following questions in a narrative format from a supervisor’s perspective, not to exceed one typed page response per question (“Supplemental Questions, Req #92220”):
  • What do you see as the biggest challenge(s) facing a Sergeant at UWPD? Provide example(s) and describe how you would overcome the challenge(s).
  • What is the role of the Sergeant at UWPD in getting the organization from good to great?
Part of the application process for this position includes completing the Supplemental Questions Assessment, the Police Minimum Qualifications Assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessments are complete.

2. Multi-Agency Agency Regional Assessment Center:
Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted after the application deadline regarding the Assessment Center. There will be a candidate orientation on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 9am to 11am at UWPD. The assessment center will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Public Safety Testing Center in Lynnwood, WA. The assessment center will account for 30% of the applicant’s overall score.

3. Oral Board (with Deputy Chief, Commander, Technical Services Manager, and Lieutenant) will be scheduled for March 13 and/or March 14, 2013. The oral board score will account for 30% of the applicant’s overall score.

4. Chief’s Interview and review of applicant’s background, training and supervisory packet. The chief’s interview will account for 40% of applicant’s overall score and will be scheduled for either March 13 and/or March 14, 2013.

5. Each candidate must achieve an overall score of 70% to be placed on the Promotional List.

6. A polygraph, comprehensive background investigation, psychological and medical exam will be conducted, if necessary.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or .

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