Police Officer 1 - Police Cadet

BGSU Office of Human Resources   Bowling Green, OH   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on November 8, 2022
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Work Schedule
Posting is for an eligibility list that will be used to fill current/anticipated vacancies in 2022.  Rotating work schedule including overnight and on weekends.  Works outside exposed to inclement weather; subject to call-in emergency situations; exposed to unpredictable client behavior and other law enforcement hazards.  Full benefit package available.  This is a collective bargaining position.

Position Summary

The Police Officer 1 and the Police Cadet are state university law enforcement officers and are members of the Police Department within the Department of Public Safety.  The Police Officer 1 enforces state laws, city ordinances, University rules and regulations, patrols University property on foot, on bicycle or in vehicle, provides emergency and nonemergency services, conducts investigations, writes reports, performs crime prevention activities, controls and directs traffic, assists in training new officers, and performs special assignments when necessary.  Individuals who have not yet successfully completed a basic peace officer academy in Ohio will be hired at the lower rate of pay as a Police Cadet.  A Police Cadet is a sworn peace officer who has yet to complete the basic peace officer academy.


Essential Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Patrols grounds and buildings on foot, on bicycle and in a patrol car; protects lives and property; prevents crime
  • Protects Constitutional rights; enforces state laws, city ordinances and university policies
  • Performs security functions at special events; makes emergency medical runs in patrol car or ambulance; assists other law enforcement agencies; protects and assists visitors; performs other special service functions as needed.
  • Carries firearms and/or apprehends, arrests and processes criminal violators; files affidavits, serves warrants, appears in court and testifies in criminal proceedings.
  • Investigates complaints, conducts criminal and accident investigations, makes inquiries, takes and records information.
  • Performs routine administrative duties related to police work (e.g., keeps log of unusual incidents and security conditions, completes reports of police activities, answers telephone); reviews changes in laws and regulations.
  • Monitors traffic conditions and parking facilities to insure efficient flow of traffic; checks parking permits; issues traffic tickets as necessary.
  • Participates in liaison programs, community policing activities, and community education programs.
  • Provides services (e.g., money escorts, locking and unlocking buildings, giving directions, assisting drivers with unlocking vehicles, jump starting, and obtaining fuel); answers questions, presents information and advises public regarding law, policy, and features of the University.
  • Operates computer to access law enforcement records, type reports, and send messages
  • Attends training or instructional meetings on and off campus
  • May have special assignments such as court officer, field training officer or investigator
  • May train and direct student or temporary employees; may participate in training new employees 
  • Performs related duties as required

The statements above are not intended to include all responsibilities, duties, and skills, but rather to describe the general nature and level of work.


Essential Competencies

Knowledge of police safety practices; police procedures and techniques; interviewing; basic first aid techniques; investigation procedures and techniques; reporting procedures, and state and federal laws and regulations.  Skill in the operation of police equipment, motor vehicles and firearms.  Ability to demonstrate physical fitness and agility; handle sensitive contacts with public and government officials; verbally present evidence in legal proceedings; gather, collate and classify information about people, places or things; read and understand technical material relating to police work; compose clear, concise and complete police reports; recognize threatening or unusual conditions and take appropriate action; act quickly and calmly in an emergency; exercise firmness with tact and objectivity.

Training and Development Required to Remain in the Classification after Employment

Satisfactory completion of mandated training/educational topics, which may include successful completion of a basic peace officer training academy in Ohio and will include the successful completion of all steps in the field training process.  Satisfactory completion of probationary period.  Individual will maintain physical fitness by annually receiving a physical examination from his/her physician during the thirty calendar days preceding October 1 of each year.  A personal physician will complete and return to the University a medical form approved by the University that confirms that the officer is physically fit to perform the essential functions of the job.


Starting Pay Rate*: Police Officer 1 – $28.06**, Police Cadet – $25.73


*Successful candidates will receive a onetime $2,000 signing bonus

**Law enforcement experience and training will be considered after the identified probationary period which could increase the hourly wage up to $34.21.


Minimum Class Requirements

Must be 21 years of age and have an associate degree or the equivalent of 60 semester credit hours at an institution of higher education beyond the high school level at time of appointment.  Computer skills and writing skills necessary.  Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and comply with the University’s vehicle use policy.

Must pass an entrance exam, physical agility test, demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and decision making in an assessment center and interviews, pass a psychological evaluation, a fitness-for-duty medical examination and an in-depth background investigation.

Bachelor’s degree and possession of a current valid Ohio Peace Officer’s Training certificate received from a program sponsored by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Council are preferred but not required.

Selection Criteria

Employment applications will be pre-screened for minimum educational qualifications. In addition to the completion of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) employment application each candidate must schedule and successfully complete the National Testing Network (NTN) law enforcement exam. Completion of the BGSU application and NTN exam must be done no later than November 22, 2022.  An applicant who submits a DD-214 with the application shall receive an additional credit of twenty percent (20%) of their passing score on the written exam.  The DD-214 must reflect military service of 180 consecutive days or more with an honorable discharge.  No military credit will be added unless the applicant achieves a minimum passing score of 70% on the written examination.  Top candidates based on final scores on the NTN exam will be invited to a *physical fitness test on Saturday, November 28, 2022.  Top candidates who successfully complete the physical fitness test will be invited to participate in an assessment center being conducted the week of December 5, 2022.  Candidates must successfully pass the written exam, physical fitness test, an assessment center, interviews, an in-depth background investigation, a psychological evaluation, a polygraph examination and a medical exam.

*For a list of requirements for the physical fitness test click HERE.


Official college or university transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution(s) attended to the BGSU Police Department at 100 College Park Office Building, Bowling Green, OH 43403 to the attention of Annette Stencil prior to November 22, 2022.


To Apply

Candidates must complete the following steps:

  • Take the National Testing Network Exam (NTN)
  • Complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) through the NTN
  • Complete application at - https://bgsu.hiretouch.com/


Applicants must submit:

  1. a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references.  You must indicate on application materials the classification for which are applying.  Please indicate CADET if you have not completed the academy or POLICE OFFICER 1 if you have. 


  1. unofficial transcripts, DD-214 (if applicable) and a copy of your Ohio Peace Officer’s Training certificate (if applicable).  


For a complete job description & to apply for this position visit https://bgsu.hiretouch.com/ or contact the Office of Human Resources at (419) 372-8421. BGSU. AA/EEO/Disabilities/Veterans. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Bowling Green State University, please call 419-372-8421.



Bowling Green State University provides a comprehensive benefit program as part of a total compensation package.  This includes medical, prescription, dental, vision, health accounts (medical & dependent), life & disability insurance, retirement plans, employee assistance program and tuition fee waivers for employees and their eligible dependents as well as paid time off, holidays and parental leave.  For more information please visit Benefits-at-a-Glance.pdf (bgsu.edu)




Why work at BGSU?

Full-time BGSU employees enjoy an array of exceptional benefits, including:

  • Quality, affordable health insurance: Various coverage options available for health, vision and dental starting the first day of the month following your date of employment.
  • Generous paid time off: Vacation, holidays, sick days and more.
  • Excellent work life balance resources: Our Employee Assistance Program offers confidential support to employees and their eligible family members, along with ancillary programs covering identity theft, elder care, legal services and more.
  • Tuition fee waivers: For eligible employees, spouses and dependent children.
  • Professional development opportunities: For skills training, supervisor and leadership programs, performance management, online courses and online tools for employee growth and development.
  • Parental leave: Up to five weeks of paid parental leave for full-time employees with at least 12 months of continuous service.
  • Retirement: BGSU offers several options for meeting your retirement goals with a current employer contribution of up to 14% depending on the retirement program selected. Read more about the option that best fits your needs.

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