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Boston University PATROL SERGEANT, Boston University Police Department in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston University is a dynamic and vibrant urban research university in one of the country’s leading centers of innovation. We are a diverse community of students, faculty, staff and visitors from around the US and world on our three unique campuses: the Charles River Campus that occupies a two mile swath from iconic Kenmore Square to Packard’s Corner in the City of Boston, the Medical Campus located in the city’s dynamic South End and the Fenway Campus adjacent to the Longwood Medical Area. In recent years, Boston University has redoubled its efforts to foster a more inclusive environment, and BUPD is actively advancing efforts to not only ensure the department reflects the rich diversity of the City of Boston, but is a department in which excellence is defined by how fully we embody these principles, as stated in the University’s Diversity Statement. ( BU actively strives to be an antiracist institution.

BUPD looks forward to welcoming a supervisor who shares and can help build upon and advance our department’s commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse and a place where every member of our community feels safe and supported. The next Sergeant will have a proven track record of actively engaging a broad range of activities, trainings, and leadership development programs designed to foster and maintain an inclusive and equitable working environment. With an overarching commitment to community policing, members of the Boston University Police Department ( are committed to the safety, security and support of the 45,000 plus members of community, which is comprised of students, staff, and faculty from more than 134 countries and cultures. The Boston University Police Department is a full-time, highly trained professional law enforcement agency with over 50 sworn officers. We provide a wide array of services including responding to and investigating criminal activity, crime prevention and awareness, critical incident response and management, personal safety education, and medical assists to name a few. We work collaboratively with other area colleges and universities, local and federal law enforcement to maximize the safety of our community from a myriad of potential threats.

The Patrol Division Patrol Supervisor/Patrol Sergeant is a ranking officer from the department who has been designated to a first line supervisor of a patrol shift. The Sergeant works under the direct supervision of the Patrol Division Commander, is responsible for the immediate supervision and control of all personnel under his or her command and is personally responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of members of the department. Our new Sergeant will be expected to actively and affirmatively promote skills among subordinates that reflect our institutional goals of creating a more inclusive and responsive environment. The Sergeant is also charged with ensuring compliance with the department's rules, regulations, policies, and procedures and performs various functions relating to the administrative and/or the operation of the department as directed. The patrol supervisor shall also have sufficient authority to perform their duties and shall be accountable for the proper execution of every order, written regulation, oral instruction, or delegation of authority. The lack of the patrol supervisor’s physical presence does not relieve them of their supervisory responsibilities.

All BUPD officers are certified by the Massachusetts Municipal Training Committee, and we are empowered by the Massachusetts State Police to enforce criminal law and to make arrests on campus and in the immediate environs.

Required Skills

At this time, the department is looking for candidates for the Patrol Sergeant position who are Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy trained and certified.

Although not required, an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree is preferred. If you do not possess a degree, you will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of the very generous benefit offered by Boston University.

  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license

  • Qualifications to possess a Massachusetts license to carry firearms

  • Good judgment and independent decision making

  • Understanding of community policing, compassion to the unique needs of college campus community

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive criminal and financial background check, psychological examination and pre-employment medical exam

  • At this time, the department is looking for candidates who are Massachusetts Municipal Police Academy trained and certified.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of police experience, preferably at the rank of supervisor or sergeant, and any combination of training and experience which demonstrative possession of the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


Shift work is subject to collective bargaining agreements between the University and the Boston University Police Sergeants’ Association ( . Candidates must be able to work all shifts, including holidays and weekends. Some overtime is mandatory and applicants are expected to understand this.


$41.49 per hour to start.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Required Experience