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So I recently went on a ride along with my university police department and I had a blast. I was wondering if any current/former Campus cops could talk about the pros and cons of working at a university department as opposed to say a town/city department?


The cop I rode with (great guy, wrote a letter to his chief saying how good he was to me) said he liked the campus PD because he didn't have to deal with the more violent and gruesome crimes most of the time. What he said he didn't like was that it could be very very slow at times with almost nothing to do an entire shift. Granted schools out for the summer and so the campus was much more dead than it normally would be, but I think it's a valid point none the less.


I ask because he mentioned they may be hiring in the next 1-2 years which is a perfect time frame for me, and I will probably be applying if they announce new positions. So, in your opinion, is a campus PD a good place to work?

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Bump, hoping for even one answer?

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I did College policing for about a year. I personally did not like it at all. But I think it is a matter of personality not so much the actual job. If you are geared for that style of LE than I say that is right for you.


Maybe you should try doing a couple more ride-a-longs with other type of LE Agencies to get a couple different views.


Hope this helped some, I will be happy to answer any more questions if I can.

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Unless someone has worked both campus police and a municipality or deputy positon this is a difficult question.

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Yes Treehugger that was helpful. And I understand uncledennis, I was just looking for opinions on campus policing in general really. Also Treehugger, I will be taking another ride along once school gets back in session to see what it's like to try to get a feel for it. 

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I currently work full time for a Sheriff's a Office where I'm a unit supervisor and I'm doing what I like best as my a call sign so indicates. I also work for our University Police Department part-time and have been there for eight years now.

I prefer the hustle and bustle of the county and the large areas of jurisdiction that I have. The great thing about University Policing is that it is slow at times which allows for a respit and a little lull in activities. As a Universtiy officer I enjoy the seasons on campus because our campus is beautiful year around, as most are nad working there I'm a patrolman, which means I have no supervisory duties except to the law and order of the campus. My school is a Division 2 MIAA school and currently our enrollment is rising to the point that we may be changing to Division 1? That's the rumor.

I have grown to respect those officers that work the Universities and School campus because the politics that we deal with is totally different and very frustrating. Members of the school administration tend treat us as Security Guards, which is frustrating because most security in my area don't write tickets, or make arrests. No disrespect to Security Guards out here, but we have the powers of Arrest and we are Police Officers, so we not only detain, observe and report but we enforce the the laws of the state, City and County. The University Adminstration does not like us to do too much because if we upset the students then it takes away their money base.

I enjoy the difference in duties because we are escorting people to the vehicles, dorms or in some cases from building to building when its late or other issues arise. We patrol the University propeor and it's off campus properties, take reports and conduct investigations. The benefits are perhaps the most rewarding because some universities offer free or half price education incentives for their full-time employees and the retirements vary in so far as state or private funds. Many time sthe University facilities are always very well kept and maintained and this budget will funnel it's way dow to the Public Safety Office.

My Universtiy is one that offers free hours to full-time employees and despite it being a small university it still gets partial state funding which allows for good equipment and the training is along side the sheriff and Police agencies in the town. It is a good place to start and if the benfits out weigh the boredom it's a good choice. We also get to use the facilities on campus at a half price and some free compared to the general public.

The final thought is simply that there are various ways to handle situations on campus that would not be handled the same way on the streets. If it warrants taking someone to jail we will take them, if we don't take them to jail but impose University sanctions on them, then often that is the preferred path, unless the seriousness of the crime warrants immediate jail. In a nut shell, its a great place to start and a great place to work after retirement. Draw your own conclusions and best of luck in your endeavors...

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I have worked both municipal and campus police, worked at a commuter college w/o any dorminatories, and as csiguy said, we were not well treated by the administration who wanted nothing done that would cause students or staff difficulties.  My campus, while having a good relationship with the city police, did not do any sort of on campus training with the police, several of the campus officers tries and tried to get active shooter trainig with city on our campus, but administration wouldn't permit it.  I ended up leaving campus police, got tired of college politics.   It is a good  place to 'get a foot in the door' for a LE career, work there and then go elsewhere.

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Thank you so much csiguy and Cedardale! That was exactly the kind of responses I was looking for, very thorough and informative, I feel as though I'm more up to date on the matter now.


My ride along officer mentioned the same kind of thing, how they were sometimes treated as "glorified security guards" (again, no disrespect to any security guards), but he also spoke similiarly about the positive aspects of the job.


I think that, in my case at least, I'd have to say the benefits would definitely outweigh the boredom. If I were to be offered a position at the campus police I would be more than ecstatic to take, even if it was only to get my foot in the door to law enforcement.


I really appreciate the answers guys, I am more confident now about applying for the position and will definitely be doing so if positions open up.