About the Job
A University Police officer is responsible for the detection and prevention of crime, and the enforcement of state and local laws, rules and regulations in a diverse educational environment throughout 28 State University of New York campuses.
Officers are part of the educational process. They speak on topics such as sexual assault, drugs, crime prevention, and traffic safety. They develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff in order to ensure
the safety and cooperation of the entire campus community.
University Police officers receive their official powers through the Education Law and the Criminal Procedure Law. These laws authorize a University Police officer to:
- Make warrantless arrests based on probable cause
- Use appropriate force in making an arrest
- Issue uniform appearance tickets and traffic summonses
- Execute warrants of arrests
University Police officers are assigned to fixed or rotating shifts involving patrol assignments or dispatch/desk posts.
Officers also can take advantage of statewide promotional opportunities.
Whatever the assignment, wherever the opportunity, University Police Officers perform their duties consistent with the educational mission of the campuses they service.