University of Colorado Police Officer Intern in Boulder, Colorado

Police Officer Intern


University of Colorado Police Department

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Are you interested in becoming a Police Officer with the CU Boulder Police Department? We are currently accepting applications for Police Officer Interns. The Police Officer Intern is a training position in order to become a Peace Officer, Level I. Upon achieving Peace Officer, level I status, position will be responsible for the enforcement of state, federal and local laws at the University of Colorado Boulder and in the city of Boulder.

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. The CUPD is a full-service police agency providing community-based public safety services to a diverse community of 36,000 affiliates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Police Officers maintain order, prevent, solve, and document criminal activity, conduct patrol, arrest violators, file criminal cases with prosecuting attorneys' offices, respond to emergencies, and provide a wide range of citizen assistance.

Minimum requirements include one year of college credit and the ability to meet Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) eligibility criteria. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who share our department values of collaboration, integrity and humility. CU offers excellent benefits, including medical and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick time and holidays, retirement benefits, and tuition reimbursement.

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and to improve the safety and quality of life for all CU affiliates.

All university officers must successfully complete an on-the-job field training program under the supervision of experienced officers and supervisors. This training lasts a minimum of three months and covers security and crime concerns specific to the university community. Officers must complete a probationary period of one year before being certified for their staff positions.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Patrol Operations

  • Provide a visible presence via patrol on foot, bike, or motorized vehicle in order to deter crime and reassure the campus community.

  • Develop and maintain a knowledge of the campus community to further identify individuals and locations at risk of criminal activity.

  • Respond to calls and requests from the public for assistance.

  • Conduct initial investigations, gather evidence and take statements in compliance with relevant legal requirements.

  • Investigate and take action on information received from members of the public.

  • Act with sensitivity when dealing with situations such as delivering news of sudden deaths, or when dealing with sexual crime.

  • Interview suspects, victims, and witnesses in accordance with relevant legislation.

  • Defuse potentially volatile situations with due regard to the safety of all involved.

  • Conduct arrests with due regard for human rights, security, health and safety of detained individuals, in addition to members of the public, colleagues, and self.

  • Enforce traffic legislation in accordance with relevant legal parameters, issue citations for offenses, and conduct traffic control.

  • Serve warrants and subpoenas.

  • Investigate and process lost and found property.

Evidence and Subsequent Investigations

  • Submit internal crime reports and criminal intelligence reports.

  • Attend and offer evidence and testimony in court and at other hearings.

  • Gather, record, and analyze intelligence to achieve campus community safety and crime reduction objectives and providing crime prevention advice.

  • Complete administrative procedures.

Auxiliary Events

  • Work in partnership with various groups and individuals affiliated with the community, and other law enforcement agencies to provide advice, education, and assistance to maintain a safe campus environment.

  • Take specific assignments to keep the peace on campus or at community events.

  • Assist the public with noncriminal situations such as medical emergencies, fires, hazardous materials accidents, natural disasters, stranded motorists, and missing persons, as well as provides directions and information to the public.

  • Assist with University special events such as athletics, dignitary appearances, and other community-oriented events.

Other Duties

  • Participate in Departmental and Auxiliary committees.

  • Perform unspecified duties directed by supervisors to maintain the operational readiness of the Department.

  • Respond to emergency situations such as floods, fire, or other unpredictable situations.

  • Complete crime education presentations and enforcement programs.

  • Complete continuing education to maintain proficiency in knowledge of laws, use of computer-based resources, crime scene processing methods, arrest control techniques, nonlethal weapons methods, driving, and firearms skills through regular training sessions.

What You Should Know

This position is in training to become a Police Officer I. No prior law enforcement experience is necessary. After training and upon achieving Police Officer I status, position will be responsible for the enforcement of state, federal and local laws at the University of Colorado Boulder and in the city of Boulder. Position will perform police duties on campus and off campus as required, utilizing community policing strategies. Work is performed under the supervision of a higher-level officer and is reviewed through daily reports, records, and inspections.

CU Boulder Police Officers function as commissioned Police Officers on campus and in the City of Boulder. Duties include patrol and special event duty; identification, detection and prevention of criminal and suspicious activity; issuing summonses and making arrests; submitting cases for further investigation and/or prosecution; providing credible testimony in court; collecting evidence by photograph, tape, sketching and marking and preserving items; interviewing witnesses, complainants and others; and assisting with non-criminal emergencies such as fire or injury.

• This position requires rotational schedule including shift work, weekends and holidays on occasion. Due to the on-call nature of the position, the position may be required to respond to civic disruptions and emergencies.

• This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

• Note: Finalists will be requested to complete a Personal History Questionnaire at a later date with CUPD and will be scheduled for a polygraph test, a psychological test, a job-related skills assessment, a full background/personal investigation and a pre-employmet drug screen will be conducted. The polygraph will entail disclosure of drug usage and use of illegal substances (including marijuana) could result in disqualification.

• Positions are subject to a background investigation in accordance with the administrative procedures of the State Personnel Director. A full background/personal investigation will be conducted in accordance with section 24-31-303 (5)(b), C.R.S. and P.O.S.T. requirements. Failure to pass any portion of the background check may result in the withdrawal of a conditional offer of employment.

• Our campus is a drug-free and alcohol-free workplace.

What We Can Offer

Salary range starts at $48,432. Additional salary and bonus may be available with appropriate experience/certification.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Must be a Colorado resident.

  • One year of college coursework (30 semester hours)

  • Appropriate experience will substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Possession of current, valid Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification will substitute for required education.

  • If using education to meet the minimum requirements a transcript copy is required. Please attach under the optional documents section.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age; possess a valid Colorado Driver License and no:

  • Felony convictions

  • Domestic violence convictions or restraining orders

  • Acquiring more than seven points in the last year and/or more than 12 points within the last two years on a driver’s license.

  • Alcohol/drug-related traffic convictions in the last three years and repeat alcohol/drug convictions after the age of 18 within the last ten years.

  • Positions are subject to a background investigation in accordance with the administrative procedures of the State Personnel Director. Physical and psychological evaluations are required in accordance with section 2431303 (5) (b), C.R.S.

What You Will Need

The successful candidate will possess/demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

• Decision Making Skills

• Law Enforcement Policies/Procedures Reasoning Skills

• Incident Memory Recall

• Interpersonal Skills in a Law Enforcement Environment

• Incident Report Written Communication Skills

• Verbal Communication Skills

What We Would Like You To Have

• Current Colorado P.O.S.T. Certification is desirable but not required.

• Completion of a police academy is desirable but not required.

• Previous patrol experience in a municipal, university or state setting.

• Bachelor’s degree.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part-time work.

  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.

  3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

This posting will close on December 31, 2018.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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