On Call Police Officer

On Call Police Officer

Posted: September 8, 2022
Position Code: 359

Position Overview
Principal responsibilities include patrols of college buildings/grounds; safety and security of college community members and property; enforcement of laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the rules/regulations of the college; response to medical calls, fire alarms, and other emergency situations. This is a sworn police position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrol of College buildings and grounds to ensure the safety of people and security of buildings and other property.

  • Enforcement of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, town by- laws, and college regulations and policies.

  • Complete reports and follow up on incidents, to include victim/witness statements, gather evidence, and refer matters to supervisor /Student Life administrators at the appropriate time.

  • Refer violations to the college’s student conduct system and/or the criminal court system, placing person under arrest or protective custody when appropriate.

  • Testify in court and college conduct system hearings.

  • Enforce parking rules and regulations.

  • Assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

  • Provide safety escorts.

  • Supervise crowd control at college events.

  • Respond to medical calls, fire alarms, and other campus emergencies, providing assistance as required.

  • Participate in the department’s community policing and crime prevention initiatives as part of regular patrol and at other times.

  • Must complete a 90 day probationary period.

  • Be familiar with dispatching duties to include radio dispatching, answering business and emergency phones, performing various computer duties, maintaining the department log, and other clerical tasks.

  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Massachusetts Special State Police powers will only be granted if: the candidate has completed a Full Time MPTC or State Police Academy approved by POST.

  • Knowledge of police practices, Massachusetts General Law, and investigative procedures and demonstrate competency in keeping oneself up-to-date through required department-sponsored training and EOPSS Learning, MPTC and POST programs.

  • Ability to analyze emergency situations and make independent decisions affecting the safety and well-being of the community. Must be able to work with or without direct shift supervision.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with members of the college community, visitors to campus, and local agencies/officials.

  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Computer literacy, working knowledge of computer aided dispatch and records management programs preferred.

  • Must be honest and able to be trusted with confidential information. Work-related dishonesty or disclosure of confidential information will be grounds for termination.

  • Prior Police experience not required but preferred.

Licensing Requirements:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certified basic police Recruit Officer Course and obtain and retain their POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certification and their Special State Police powers in accordance with M.G.L. c. 22 s. 63.

  • Applicants who completed an out-of-state recruit academy must receive a POST approved permanent exemption through the MPTC.

  • Must possess a Massachusetts Class A Large Capacity License to Carry for Department approved weapons and maintain it as a condition of employment.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and not have a significant history of motor vehicle infractions.

  • Must be able to obtain special state police powers under MGL c. 22C, §63 at hire and retain these powers as a condition of continued employment.

  • Must meet standards of initial qualifications at range with department issued firearm, and re- qualify biannually thereafter.

  • Must obtain CPR, First Responder, pepper spray (OC) and expandable police baton certifications. Must retain these certifications through department-offered training (or through other approved training at own expense).

  • Must successfully complete physical examination (including drug-screening), psychological screening, and background investigation prior to hire. Incumbents may be subject to random drug-screening after hire, with or without advance notice.

  • Must be physically fit and able to conduct patrols of campus via cruiser, bicycle, and foot; able to stand/sit for extended periods of time; work outside in a wide variety of weather conditions; may be required to perform duties in potentially dangerous/hazardous situations; must perform duties with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Must attend all department meetings, complete annual in-service training and any other training required by law and/or the college.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.

  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:
Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Statement on Our Mission
Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College
The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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