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Master Police Officer (University Police)

Location: Fairfax, VA


George Mason University Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The George Mason University Police Department, a CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies)-accredited agency, invites applications for the position of Master Police Officer (lateral entry). We are actively seeking a depth of experience and abilities.

Candidates must be able to perform law enforcement and security functions within the University Police Department. Duties, responsibilities, and requisite skills include but are not limited to: providing vehicle, bicycle or foot patrol of the campus; responding to calls for service and on-view suspicious activities; resolving complaints; investigating criminal and traffic incidents; providing first responder aid when required; and other duties as assigned. The George Mason University Police Department subscribes to a robust community-oriented policing philosophy in order to fulfil its mission.

The current salary for police officers upon graduation from academy training is $44,061. Lateral officers may be eligible for a higher pay rate upon hire; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is commensurate with experience, training and education.

Salary range for this position is $44,061 – 55,200; commensurate with education and experience.


Required Qualifications:
To be considered as a lateral entry candidate, applicants must meet the following qualifications at the time of application:

  • Must currently be certified as a police officer in the commonwealth of Virginia by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), or eligible for recertification under DCJS guidelines with 40 hours of Mandatory In-Service Retraining;
  • Posses substantial law enforcement experience that qualifies the candidate to operate at the Master Police Officer-level;
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have U.S. citizenship;
  • Have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license;
  • No driving under the influence (DUI) convictions or illegal drug use within the past two years;
  • No felony convictions or convictions of misdemeanors involving crimes of moral turpitude or gross misconduct;
  • Successfully complete a physical agility assessment;
  • Successfully complete a polygraph, physical and psychological examination;
  • Successfully pass an in-depth background investigation;
  • Successfully complete a mandated Field Training Program administered by the department; and
  • Must live within 75 miles of the Fairfax campus.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of law enforcement experience is preferred; 10 or more years is strongly desired;
  • Certified and experienced as a Field Training Officer;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Certified and experienced trainer or subject matter expert: firearms, defensive tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, Drug Recognition Expert, DUI, or similar area;
  • Experience in investigations, narcotics work, Homeland Security, intelligence or similar;
  • Experience in community-oriented policing; and
  • College degree.

How to Apply

As openings occur, the initial steps of the hiring process include a successful review of the application/Personal History Statement, successful completion of the department’s physical assessment, and an assessment of body art/piercings. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an oral interview panel. Post Conditional Offer requirements include an in-depth background investigation including polygraph; and satisfactory completion of a medical examination and a psychological assessment.

All lateral officers will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. Mason offers a comprehensive and attractive state benefits plan including a tuition benefit. Lateral officers may be eligible to continue in their existing retirement plan or begin a new retirement plan under the Virginia Retirement System/Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System.

This online application is equivalent to the commonwealth of Virginia state employment application and is required. It must be fully completed.

The direct link to the online posting/application site is:

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