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Police Officer

Have you ever considered becoming a police officer, or have you served your state or local police department for years and are interested in a change of environment? Are you interested in completing or furthering your education, or are you in the planning stages of sending your dependents to college? The Department of Public Safety at the University of Southern Maine is seeking applications for a full-time Police Officer.

Police Officers at the University of Southern Maine are specialists, with a strong commitment to the community policing and problem-solving philosophy. In addition to performing general law enforcement, safety, and emergency response functions. Public Safety officers enjoy the satisfaction of a close working relationship with our community. We live our USM Service Promise of being Student Focused Every Day, and we are looking for team members who understand that promise and support our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

This is a 40 hour per week position on a schedule that is determined by unit seniority and shift bid, with overtime opportunities. Pay is $22.73/hr, or $25.25/hr if certified, plus shift and specialty differentials. Lateral entry pay may be considered under the current collective bargaining agreement.

The University of Southern Maine is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. It embraces an inclusive campus community that values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact supports the University of Southern Maine’s DEIA and Community Impact focused departments, committees, groups, projects, training, and events.  USM encourages women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.  The Department of Public Safety is a proud participant of the 30X30 Advancing Women in Law Enforcement initiative (

We live our USM Service Promise: Student Focused Every Day.  We are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.   

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan; and more.  Click on our Benefits Information Summary to learn more. 


Preference will be given to those with at least the Pre-Service Law Enforcement certification from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, or higher (fully certified, out of state candidates may be considered for a waiver).

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Valid Class C Maine driver’s license

If not certified, the successful candidate will be required to attend and complete the Mane Criminal Justice Academy’s live-in, 18 week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.

Other Information:

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing.  Please visit Together for Maine for more information.

To apply materials must be submitted via "APPLY FOR POSITION" at the bottom of the job posting or at USM Jobs.

You will create an applicant profile and complete an application and upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.  Finalist candidates will be asked to provide a list of the names and contact information for three references. 

After oral interviews are conducted, the finalist candidate must pass a physical fitness assessment (unless Full-Time certified), medical exam, background investigation, and job suitability assessment in accordance with Maine Criminal Just Academy standards.

We will examine candidate packages on an ongoing basis as they are submitted.

All required materials must be submitted by October 26, 2022.

We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, Room 101, Boudreau Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (207) 581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System)