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Villanova University is located in a suburban community on 254 acres just 12 miles west of Philadelphia. There are over 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges. These colleges are the setting for an experience that develops both the heart and the mind, and creates the atmosphere where students are called to ignite change. For more information about the University, visit http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/media/fastfacts.html
The Public Safety Department is responsible for providing a safe and secure living and learning environment for the Villanova University community. Officers are on duty 365 days a year and provide immediate response to all types of emergencies on campus. The Department, which consists of approximately 75 employees, provides services in the areas of patrol, investigations, parking enforcement, passenger fleet van management, residence hall protection, building security, crime prevention, and special event security. Of its 75 employees, there are twenty sworn police officer positions at ranks including uniformed patrol, investigations, training, and administration.
The Department is currently in the accreditation process of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC).
The University offers an excellent compensation package. Starting salaries for sworn uniformed positions are shown below:
Police Officer: $60,000
Police Sergeant: $70,000
Police Lieutenant: $80,000
Employees in the Police officer, Police Sergeant, and Police Lieutenant receive a 7% longevity step increase annually during the first five years of employment as a sworn officer. In addition, officers are eligible for an annual merit increase. The merit increase is determined by the officer’s job performance and is administered as a pooled percentage determined annually by the University.
The University recognizes the important role police officers play in keeping our campus community safe. To that end, the Department has an extensive screening and background investigation process for all police positions. Some of these include:
Completion of the police academy is preferred, but not required prior to employment. Newly hired officers who have not yet attended the academy will be required to do so and must meet all of the Academy’s pre-admission standards. The University will pay academy tuition costs, and the candidate’s salary while they attend.
The police academy is a full-time commitment that lasts 22 weeks and requires ongoing physical fitness activities. Leave time during academy training will be subject to the training schedule.
Officers bid for shifts on an annual basis. Shifts are generally awarded on the officers’ preference, based in seniority. In June 2018, the Department will be instituting a 10 hour work schedule. Officers will work a four-day workweek. Days off will alternate monthly between Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.