Master Police Officer

Position Information

Position Information

Department University Police
Alternate Department Description

Department of Police and Public Safety

Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Law Enforcement Officer II
Working Title Master Police Officer
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 01845z
Recruit Number Staff - 8171
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location Arlington and Prince William assignments upon availability.
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Starting upper-40,000s; commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

University Police – Master Police Officer
(lateral entry – continuous recruitment)

This position is for individuals who are currently Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)-certified as a police officer in the commonwealth of Virginia, or are eligible for recertification under DCJS guidelines with 40 hours of Mandatory In-Service Retraining.

The George Mason University Police Department, an accredited agency, invites applications for the position of Master Police Officer (lateral entry). The department is actively seeking a depth of experience and abilities. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


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 fulfill its mission.

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 DCJS, or eligible for recertification under DCJS guidelines with 40 hours of Mandatory In-Service Retraining;
  • Possesses 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 polygraph, and medical and psychological assessment;
  • 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:

  • Three 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.


The current salary for police officers upon graduation from academy training is in the upper-40,000s. 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.

Hiring Process:

As openings occur, the initial steps of the hiring process include a successful review of the application/Personal History Statement, 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01845z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Applications will remain active for a maximum of six (6) months from date of application. To reactivate your application after this period or to update any materials, please contact

Applicants must provide a valid e-mail address, as all communications from the department will be electronic.

Applicants will be e-mailed further information about the process, including a Personal History Statement, after their online application has been reviewed.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: Continuous recruitment
Posting Date 05/17/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly? No
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Equity Statement

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Campus Safety Information

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please briefly describe your Virginia law enforcement experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents