Law Enforcement Officer Position

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II



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University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II

Last updated on May 14, 2024
PST Partner Agency since March 08, 2023

Vacancies: 9

Testing Deadline: July 31, 2024.

Important Information

The University Police Department (UPD) at the University of Alaska Anchorage receives it statutory authority from Alaska Statute 14.40.043. This statute, enacted in 1992, bestowed general police powers upon police officers employed by the University. Each police officer must meet the strict standards established by the Alaska Police Standards Council and the University in order to be employed and fully commissioned.

UPD is a fully functioning Police Department which is responsible for prevention, response and prosecution of crimes on the campus, in relation to the University’s operations, or which occur in the officer’s presence. In non-criminal safety matters UPD works closely with our campus or community partners such as Auxiliary Services, Dean of Students Office, Disability Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities, Human Resources, Residence Life, Office of Equity and Compliance, Office of Instructional Technology, and Parking Services to address the incident.

Because of UAA’s Anchorage Campus location, UPD has unique challenges as it relates to community safety and law enforcement. The Anchorage Campus is an urban, metropolitan campus with 73 buildings, 3.2 million gross square feet, 6.6 lane miles of roadway, on 390 acres, and located within the University - Medical District (U-Med) of Anchorage, serving a campus population of approximately 11,000 students. It is surrounded by three medical facilities (including psychiatric / drug rehabilitation treatment facilities), the largest juvenile justice’s treatment center in the state, a private university, a municipal airport, and federal government facilities. These peripheral institutions require additional consideration, awareness, response tactics, and resources.

UPD does provide support serves to the Community Campuses and in the instance of Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) College does have an officer stationed part-time on the campus to provide law enforcement and safety services.

Community Information

As an academic institution our primary mission is the education of students. As a University Police Department our efforts to provide a safe community are paramount in supporting the Universities mission. UAA and our community are described as the premier university in the heart of Alaska's largest city (Anchorage) with campuses throughout Southcentral Alaska. Where culture, innovation and adventure converge, the unique locations provide unparalleled access to industry connections, Arctic research, outdoor recreation and more, facilitating once-in-a-lifetime experiences, groundbreaking education and impactful careers for our students and our staff. UAA's population is 90% Alaskan residents, participating in over 100+ academic programs, over 100+ student clubs and organizations, and 13 NCAA sport teams. We have over 1,000+ student residences ranging from apartment style housing, condo's, and resident halls. 

At the core of UAA's efforts is the 2027 Master Plan which contains the following aspirations which are rooted in everything we are doing as a larger community, a departmental level, and as staff members (Police Officers):

  1. We put students first.
  2. We create a culture of equity and inclusion by embracing our diversity.
  3. We embrace our role as a trusted and respected community partner.
  4. We positively impact communities and the world through innovation.
  5. We accelerate excellence through continuous improvement.

Department Information

  • UAA-UPD has 30 total employees

    • Chief of Police

        • Sergeants: 3
        • Patrol: 11 

        • Dispatch: 8 (1 Supervisor & 7 Dispatchers)

        • Security: 4 (1 Supervisor & 3 Campus Security Officers)

        • Event Security: Seeking up to 100 people for event security

    • Civilian: 1 – Accreditation & Records Management & Administrative Professional 

    • Student workers: 2 – Administrative

    • Internships – 1 or 2 depending on semester

Job Description

Position Summary: (

The University Police Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage is currently seeking applicants for police officer positions. All officers at the department are sworn police officers and must meet and complete the certification requirements of the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC). For information about the University of Alaska Anchorage, please visit


Maintain professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state and local laws, and University rules and regulations; attending department training, educational workshops, and review professional publications. Maintain skill level of both lethal and less than lethal weapons and complete required department testing with satisfactory results. Maintain annual certification of first aid, CPR, and AEDs. Protect life as a police first responder to emergency incidents, both medical and violent crisis. Requires emergency medical skills (First Aid, CPR, and AED), police defensive tactics, use of firearms (handgun, shotgun, and rifle); use of less than lethal weapons (OC spray, Tasers, and batons), physical control methods, problem solving skills, good communications skill and good judgment. Conduct both criminal and non-criminal investigations by gathering evidence, conducting interviewing to include victims, witnesses, and suspects. Typical cases may include thefts, underage drinking, DUI, domestic violence, assaults, and sexual assaults. Incumbent must be able to write effective and comprehensive investigative and incident reports and be ready to testify in court as needed. Provide convenient services to UAA staff, students, and visitors (safety escort, vehicles unlocks and jumpstarts, safety checks of rooms and buildings, and welfare checks on people.) Maintain security for the university through regular/daily building checks; active patrols (foot, bicycle, and vehicle) of all the university property (dorms, apartments, storage areas, buildings, and businesses), both on and off campus; and nightly lock-up of campus buildings. Conduct periodic safety/crime prevention presentations to the public. Prevent, deter, and detect crimes through active patrols; explain and enforce applicable federal, state and municipal laws and university rules and regulations; mediate disputes. Respond to emergencies and non-emergency calls for service, disturbances, minor consuming parties, and domestic violence incidents; conduct interviews and searches; observe and take appropriate action on suspicious activities; and detain and arrest suspects.


This position requires astute observation skills, problem solving skills, and attention to detail. Applicant must demonstrate sound judgment on a day-to-day basis in a broad variety of situations including urgent or emergency situations, stressful and sometimes violent situations. Must be able to use various control tactics and possess effective skills to de-escalate potentially violent situations and carry out appropriate arrest tactics. Must continually maintain community policing knowledge and techniques and be skilled in effective investigative and interview techniques.

Must be able to effectively communicate with people one-on-one, as well as in small group settings and when necessary to present training or safety/crime prevention workshops. Good communication skills and sound judgement are also necessary to effectively testify in court. Must also have sufficient written communication skills, to include appropriate spelling and grammar, and be able to produce effective, accurate incident and investigative reports. Incumbent must have strong computer skills to complete required documents and reports as well as input data. Must be able to create and utilize training materials such as PowerPoint slides.

Must acquire certification from the Alaska Police Standards Counsel (APSC) within one year of date of hire. Applicant must have civilian police academy diploma, high school diploma or equivalent, valid Alaska state driver's license (within 30 days of hire). Current, valid First Aid, AED, CPR certifications are required at all times to save lives and to be a first responder to emergency calls.


This position is full-time, Grade 79 or 80 -- pay grade will be dependent on and commensurate with experience and abilities.

Safety Services - Police Officer Level 1 Recruit Grade 79 - No experience as a police officer.

Safety Services - Police Officer Level 2 Grade 80- Certified / Licensed Officer; State of Alaska or state with reciprocity as defined by the Alaska Police Standards Council.

Must be 21 years of age or older. Alaska certified police officers and/or prior police experience preferred but not required. For out of state police officers and/or previous law enforcement officer experience the Alaska Police Standards Council (APSC) requires the completion of an equivalent law enforcement academy with a minimum of 650 academy hours and a State of Alaska basic law enforcement certificate is required within one year of hire. Position requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Alaska driver's license (within 30 days of hire).

Applicant must be physically fit and able to perform daily job requirements of a police officer. Applicant must meet the minimum employment standards for a police officer as set the by APSC and successfully complete a physical agility test. Applicant must possess and maintain the sufficient physical conditions and sufficient mental health, as required by the Alaska Police Standards Council and determined by a medical exam and physiological examinations. Applicant must also successfully complete a Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) examination and a drug test.

The required physical and mental abilities of this position are necessary to perform the essential functions successfully. Individuals with a qualifying disability should request consideration for a possible reasonable accommodation that would allow them to perform the essential functions of this position as allowed under the American's with Disabilities Act.


Providing convenient services to UAA staff and students. These services include vehicle jumpstarts, vehicle unlocks, safety escorts on campus and room unlocks, safety presentations, community policing and welfare checks on students, staff, and visitors.

Preventing and detecting crimes through active patrols; explaining and enforcing applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and University policies/regulations; crime prevention; mediating disputes; responding to criminal activities, interviewing skills; good observing skills, convenient services to UAA staff and students (vehicle unlocks and jumpstarts, and securing buildings). Requires good observation skills, problem solving skills, community policing knowledge, and good judgment.

Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by studying applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances and policies; attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; and practicing skills. Requires attention to details; observations skills, problem solving skills, and retention skills. Requires annual and bi-annual qualification of lethal and non-lethal weapons. Requires annual training for first aid, CPR, and AEDs.

Conducting criminal investigations by gathering evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses, and interrogating suspects. These cases may include thefts, computer crimes, fraud, embezzlement, sexual assaults, physical assaults, domestic violence case among others. Requires interview techniques, good communication skill, crime scene processing, problem solving, report writing, computer and surveillance skills.

Enforcing state, federal and local laws, traffic laws, ordinances, and University policies/regulations. Requires knowledge of state and local laws, state and Supreme Court case decisions, university policies and procedures, good people skills, good communication skills, arrest techniques skills, problem solving skills, and good judgment.

Maintaining security for the university through regular/daily building checks; active patrols of all the university property (dorms, apartments, storage areas, buildings, and businesses), both on and off campus; and nightly lock-up of campus buildings.

Protecting life and property as the first responder. Requires emergency medical skills (1st aid, CPR, and AED), police tactics, firearms use (handgun, short, and patrol rifle); less-lethal weapons use (pepper spray, taser, and batons), control techniques, good communication skills, good problem solving techniques, good judgment, and the ability to make good decisions quickly.

Area Information

County: Anchorage Municipality / Borough
Population: 11,892 student
# of Staff: 15

Hiring Status

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II has 9 vacancies.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is July 31, 2024.

UAA UPD is looking to hire lateral police officers (police officer II) or new recruits (police officer I) to fill our open positions. This is an on-going "rolling" process until all positions are filled. 

Salary Information

This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with a competitive salary. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 79 or 80 -- pay grade is dependent on and commensurate with experience and abilities. Recruit / Trainee pay different than an Officer II pay status. Range $60,000 - $85,000 A career development plan will be created for each successful applicant hired. 

Benefit Information

A full employee benefits package ( includes:

  • Health insurance (plan choices, coverages, financially interdependent partners [health and voluntary insurance plans are provided for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners],
  • Voluntary benefits (supplemental life, accidental death and dismemberment, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, life insurance)
  • Time off (paid vacation, annual leave cash-in, paid sick leave, paid holidays, personal holiday, leave share program, )
  • Paid Tuition for employee and dependents 

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) No, not required (may be required later)
Minimum Age 21
Citizenship US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No adult felony convictions at any time.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed on a case by case basis
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification No
Prior Experience Requirement No
Request/Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
Potential Honestly about drug use is the most important. All drug use will be considered on case by case basis. Found to be lying will be a disqualifier.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.

Contact Information

University of Alaska Anchorage Police Department - Police Officer I/II

3211 Providence Dr.
Eugene Short Hall (ESH) 114
Anchorage, AK 99508 Anchorage Municipality / Borough County


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Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: No, not required (may be required later)