Police Officer, Duke University Police Department

Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  238999
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Date:  Jul 6, 2024


Police Officer 


Internal Recruitment



Working Title

Police Officer


Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with experience


Work Schedule

12-hour day or 12-hour night shift


Job Location

Durham, NC



Duke Police Department


Why work at the Duke University Police Department

Duke’s reputation as one of the premier institutions in the nation for education and patient care is dependent on the people who invest their careers here.  Duke expands horizons, creates new understandings and improves the health of the community because of the special people who make Duke’s mission a living, breathing reality.


By joining the Duke community as a member of our department, you will become a part of a legacy of great achievement and even greater promise.  At Duke, there are ample opportunities for educational, professional and cultural growth.  No matter what the role, Duke employees are improving lives -- their own, and the lives of people they encounter.


Duke has been named one of the best places to work by publications and organizations including Carolina Parent, Computerworld, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Association of Retired Persons, among others.


The Duke University Police Officers serve the Duke campus and Duke University Hospital.  Certified by the State of North Carolina, Duke officers meet the same standards as state and municipal officers.  The department is allocated over 70 police officers, and patrol officers work 12 hour shifts.  Currently, officers are assigned to permanent day or night shifts, working a scheduled 14 days of every 28.  There are opportunities such as investigations, crime prevention, training, etc. The Department is nationally accredited through CALEA.

In serving over 16,000 students, 43,000 employees and countless visitors to our campus and medical facilities, Duke Police members remain committed to SERVICE, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, AND PRIDE.  It is WHAT WE DO!  It is WHO WE ARE!



What we can offer:

  • Career advancement and professional development opportunities
  • Paid vacation and sick leave along with 24 additional discretionary hours per year
  • Retirement benefits similar to other North Carolina law enforcement agencies.
  • Employee Tuition Assistance Program
  • Children’s Tuition Grant
  • Language Fluency Incentive
  • 12% Night Shift Differential Pay
  • 20% weekend premium
  • Premier Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • Innovative Wellness Program that includes free membership at on site gyms
  • Restorative Rest Program
  • Expedited hiring process for laterals
  • Strong community support
  • Specialized unit incentives
  • Longevity incentives


Essential Job Duties:


Police Officer duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Crime suppression and law enforcement are primary responsibilities
  • Protect life and property
  • Identify, apprehend and arrest suspects
  • Apply appropriate use of force based on law enforcement best practices
  • Obtain and serve warrants, subpoenas and other court documents
  • Testify in criminal, civil and administrative hearings
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency situations and drills; administer aid, as needed
  • Prepare reports, as needed
  • Identify trend patterns as appropriate
  • Operate law enforcement vehicles and equipment
  • Proactively assist community members in identifying and solving community problems
  • Manage conflict through negotiation.
  • Uphold the highest standards of conduct and customer service while serving and protecting our community and taking measures to prevent crime
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor(s) and/or their designees.



Other Duties

  • Provide police services for Duke special events including NCAA Division I athletic events and community sponsored events
  • Provide security for national and international dignitaries.


Specialty Assignments

  • Field Training Officers
  • Detectives
  • Crime Prevention
  • Range Master
  • Training Coordinator
  • Honor Guard
  • Bike and Segway Officers


Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Experience/Education

  • High School Diploma or GED; Associate degree, Bachelor's degree preferred.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 20 ½ years of age
  • Successful completion of North Carolina's Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET).
  • Requires a comprehensive criminal and background check
  • In-state, out-of-state, and Military Police lateral transfers are accepted. 
  • Must complete a financial background check
  • Must complete a psychological evaluation



Required License or Certification


Ability to obtain general certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in accordance with the provisions established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers.


Valid NC Driver's License required



Commercial Driver's License Required?


Hiring Process

  • Application
  • Preliminary Interview
  • Written Exam
  • Panel Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Medical Examination, Psychological Examination and Drug Screening
  • Physical Fitness Test
  • Meet & Greet the Chief of Police
  • Formal Offer of Employment
  • Onboarding
  • Field Training




Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh