Job Req ID:  112895

JHPD Lateral Police Officer


LATERAL POLICE OFFICER – Maryland and Non-Maryland Law Enforcement Officers





The Johns Hopkins Police Department is committed to the equitable delivery of police services that prioritizes the well-being of our students, staff, faculty, and guests. We build trust by engaging our community and partners as co-creators of the campus safety environment.


We employ knowledgeable, service-focused professionals who embrace diversity and recognize that safety is a community effort.


Johns Hopkins University Police Department is seeking highly motivated individuals to serve as Police Officers.  We are accepting applications for lateral police candidates who possess two (2) years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer in a full-service law enforcement agency (Maryland or Out-of-State police agency). Applicants must be Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions (MPCTC) Certified - OR - meet Comparative Compliance Standards. 


Police Officers work in a team environment with integrity, professionalism, humanity, and courage to protect the lives and property of the Johns Hopkins community. Johns Hopkins Police Officers regularly engage with students, faculty, staff, and visitors in a variety of ways in order to provide services and information needed.  Johns Hopkins Police Officers provide campus police services to the Homewood Campus, East Baltimore Campus, and Peabody Campus where officers will be assigned to work. They will ensure JHPD is a leader in the provision of responsive, quality and customer service-oriented policing. 


Responsibilities include ensuring community-oriented law enforcement services, patrols and crime prevention services to protect life and property, offering proactive support of student and staff initiatives, developing and maintaining a positive rapport with students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding neighborhoods. Enforcing University policies and regulations, State laws and regulations. Works in partnership with other university staff.


The Johns Hopkins Police Officer will lead through the lens of 21st century policing and ensure that they perform their duties in a manner that furthers public trust. Work will be supervised on a daily basis by a Sergeant.


This position involves shift work and rotating days off.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Represents the JHPD’s vision, mission and values when interacting with university, community, advocacy groups, and coordinates JHPD resources and activities via direction from their supervision to address concerns about university and community issues.
  • Provides the full level of law enforcement work, enforcing laws, rules and regulations governing the safety and protection of individuals, building and property. Performs simple and complex problem-solving projects designed to enhance safety and prevent or reduce harm.
  • Ensures priorities and community policing strategies for the patrol area are properly implemented. Patrols designated areas by vehicle, bicycle and foot to identify and report safety hazards, detect prioritized violations of laws and ordinances, and identify wanted vehicles, persons, and unusual conditions.
  • Maintains a visible presence to serve as a positive resource and actively develop relationships with community stakeholders to successfully implement initiatives to deter crime.
  • Responds to calls for assistance and emergency service and takes appropriate action; de-escalates situations as reasonable and appropriate; engages other necessary levels of response to ensure safety of community.
  • Coordinates and cooperates with Campus Safety and Security Command Staff in the preliminary and follow-up investigations of complaints, reported criminal offenses, and disruptions.
  • Conducts the investigation of incidents reported on the shift.
  • Coordinates preliminary investigative activities at a crime scene or significant or unusual event until the arrival of an investigative entity.
  • Interacts with university community and establishes a rapport with the surrounding communities.
  • Directs traffic and assists with crowd control.
  • Provides the public with safety information and conducts community related public safety programs.
  • Participates as instructed in specialized unit activities such as crime prevention, recertification instruction, criminal investigations, or special events.
  • Inspects and maintains assigned equipment and clothing. Operates and utilizes various types of law enforcement equipment such as self-defense tools.
  • Performs or assists in collection and preservation of evidence.
  • Conducts or assists with serving warrants and summonses.
  • Prepares or assists with cases for court, including testifying in court when necessary.
  • Collaborates with local and state law enforcement agencies when needed.
  • Performs office duties such as answering telephones, dispatching, issuance of parking permits and providing general information.
  • Maintains visitor logs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 20 ½ years of age.
  • Two years of service with a full-service law enforcement agency at the time of application.
  • Must have current MPCTC certification or have been MPCTC certified within the last two (2) years or- satisfy Comparative Compliance standards.


Comparative Compliance Standards (for out-of-state applicants):

  • Minimum of 750 hours of acceptable entrance-level police academy training (not including firearms, field training, or in-service training) to meet COMAR and MPCTC requirements.
  • Must currently be in good standing with a full-service law enforcement agency or have retired in good standing within 2 years of application.
  • Comparative Compliance applicants must provide the academy curriculum that was completed with the total number of hours and provide a graduation certificate including successful completion of the academy.


Conditions of Employment: Satisfactory completion of a Maryland Police Training Commission recognized or approved Police Academy Training program and successful completion of a Police Field Training program. Employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. Employees in this job classification will serve a one- year probationary period. 


OTHER: Certification as a sworn Police Officer recognized by the Maryland Police Training Commission or other state through the Comparative Compliance Training for lateral candidates. This is an abbreviated entrance-level program designed for previously certified Maryland police officers who have been separated from law enforcement between 3 and 5 years, and non-Maryland officers who completed an acceptable entrance-level academy in another state or through the federal government as approved by the Maryland Police Training Commission.


OTHER: Clery act designated job as campus security authorities (CSA) member and will comply with Clery Act requirements.



  • Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent legal resident of the United States who: (i) Is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces; and (ii) Has submitted an application for United States citizenship that is pending approval; and (2) Submit documents to the hiring law enforcement agency that support a claim of: (a) Citizenship; or (b) Permanent legal residency and proof of a pending application for United States citizenship.


**Applicant must provide official proof of separation from the military in good standing with an honorable discharge prior to being extended a conditional offer of employment.

  • Must not have been convicted of a felony.
  • Must demonstrate physical ability to perform job.
  • Must work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts, on-call, and as needed.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.
  • Successfully pass written exam and oral interview.
  • *If applicant has previous law enforcement experience, has no record of serious or repeated disciplinary actions or citizen complaints.


Lateral candidates must have at least two (2) years of service with a full-service law enforcement agency. 


* Finalists will be required to complete a comprehensive background check, including medical exam, drug test, polygraph, and psychological evaluation.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Knowledge of modern law enforcement practices and methods.

  • Knowledge of related federal, state and municipal criminal laws.

  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, policies and procedures.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all members of the college community including students, faculty, staff, and administrators in a multicultural environment and the surrounding communities.

  • Ability to operate a police car, police radio and other equipment or weapons as required (i.e. side handle baton, handcuffs, first aid equipment, etc.).

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.

  • Ability to quickly analyze complex, sensitive and/or hazardous situations and issues and quickly devise solutions and action plans.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.

  • Ability to function with a community-oriented value-based philosophy.

  • Skill in working in a multi-cultural environment.


Work Environment:

This position regularly works both indoors and outdoors. The position may also work under exposure to hazardous physical activities; works in all types of weather conditions and at all times of day; and interacts with individuals under physical and/or emotional stress. Duties may require the operation of a motor vehicle. The position may be subject to call-in during emergencies and staffing shortages and may work a rotating shift, holidays and weekends. The work environment is highly diverse and demands a high level of cultural competence in interpersonal communications and interactions.


Physical Demands:

Duties require physical health, strength, agility and stamina. The work may entail sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, stooping, reaching, lifting, crawling, kneeling, climbing and lifting and transporting both objects and persons. Work requires eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity, near vision acuity, and the ability to see and read printed material and computer screens. Duties involve oral, written, electronic and telephonic communication.











Classified Title: Lateral JHPD Police Officer 
Working Title: Lateral JHPD Police Officer   
Starting Salary: $70,000 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Shift -Work – 12-hour shifts

Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: JHU Homewood, Peabody and East Baltimore 
Department name: 10001513-VP for Public Safety Office of 
Personnel area: University Administration

Please be aware that our employment offer is contingent upon the successful completion of our pre-employment process, including criminal background, education, employment, and reference checks. This will require you and your references to answer questions regarding substantiated findings of serious misconduct.

Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Johns Hopkins mandates COVID-19 vaccination and booster and influenza vaccine as applicable. Exceptions to both the COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirement and the flu vaccine requirement may be provided under certain circumstances.

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.

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Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
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Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

The following additional provisions may apply, depending upon campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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