Vanderbilt University Corporal in Nashville, Tennessee

Corporal (Job Number: 1801954)


As a Corporal with Vanderbilt University, you will perform law enforcement, crime prevention and other general police/security services; enforce state and local laws as well as Vanderbilt University policies and procedures; proactive patrolling by means of foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or vehicle. Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.

This position is non-exempt with a pay rate of $22/hr.

The Vanderbilt University Public Safety Department comes under the charge of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for the Division of Administration. As one of Tennessee's larger law enforcement agencies, the Police Department provides comprehensive law enforcement and security services to all components of Vanderbilt University including the Vanderbilt University Campus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks, and a variety of University-owned facilities throughout the Davidson County area. For more information about Vanderbilt University Police Department, you may visit:

Duties and Responsibilities

Community Oriented Policing

  • Serves the community through proactive patrol of assigned area working with zone contacts to identify potential security related situations and develop crime prevention strategies.

  • Identifies potential security related conditions and take the lead in problem solving through partnerships to develop prevention strategies.

  • Provides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties.

  • Coordinates with VUPD Community Relations personnel on physical security, safety information, and other related crime prevention issues within their area.

  • Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas; participates in community relations activities.

  • Assists community members as necessary when dealing with the criminal justice system and other related matters.

  • Conducts personal safety classes, crime prevention presentations, and orientation sessions for new employees and students.

Calls for Service

  • First responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress.

  • Responder for non-emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and Situations that require coordination between VUPD and other VU departments including members of the VU community who have orders of protection on file, no directory or alias patients, sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues.

  • Responds to general calls for service such as access and/or lock buildings, assist motorist, or provide personal safety.

  • Provides escorts of money and persons for protection of such.

  • Assists other agencies as requested.

  • Provides back up for other officers as necessary.

  • Assists medical personnel in the detention of psychiatric patients.

  • Provides protection and secure transportation services for psychiatric patients to other facilities or court.


  • Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.

  • Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.

  • Coordinates with detectives regarding cases that require the additional expertise or involvement of CIU.

  • Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects and informs them of options available and additional processes to follow.

  • Photographs and processes crime scene or coordinates resources for required processing.

  • May conduct photo line ups and additional investigative duties as needed.

  • Provides crime prevention information to victims to reduce re-victimization.

  • Performs field stops and interviews.

  • Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings.

  • Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed.

Judicial Proceedings

  • Appears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony.

  • Searches prisoners and provides custody of prisoners throughout booking process.

  • May be required to appear at university administrative hearings to provide testimony.

  • Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reports.

Special Events and Assignments

  • Provides security for events such as athletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement and numerous other social activities where security personnel may be required to provide crowd control and maintain order.

  • Coordinates with other agencies as necessary.



Daily contact with members of the university and medical center community to include students, parents, staff, faculty, physicians and visitors to give information/directions, take police reports, conduct preliminary investigations, and provide victim assistance. May represent the department at university meetings or functions.


Frequent contact with members of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to exchange information, provide assistance, or request assistance as necessary. Frequent contact with members of the general public during the delivery of law enforcement services. May communicate with news media on occasion. May serve as liaison between department and other agencies.

Physical Requirements

In addition to meeting P.O.S.T. requirements officers must be able to:

  • Stand for long periods of time.

  • Walk, climb, and lift.

  • Meet written departmental standards on appearance/grooming

  • Pass a medical examination including vision screening and drug testing; must obtain immunizations and medical tests as required to be able to work in patient care and high risk areas.

Other Requirements

  • Pass a thorough background investigation that demonstrates –

  • he/she is of good moral character,

  • he/she has a good driving record, and

  • that he/she has no prior criminal convictions that would prohibit the individual from meeting the standards set forth by the State of Tennessee to become a law enforcement officer.

  • Pass a Psychological Evaluation.


  • Required to work nights/weekends/holidays.

  • Must be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremes.

  • May be confined to patrol car for an entire shift.

  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious disease, and blood borne pathogens, steam, car battery acid, loud noises, smoke and fire.

  • Required to be knowledgeable and able to correctly use a TB Mask and other precautionary equipment.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

Minimum Education/Experience

  • High School Education or G.E.D.

  • Graduate of an accredited, approved Police Academy.

  • Four (4) years’ experience as a Police Officer, two (2) years of which must be with VUPD (if an internal candidate)

Note: One (1) year experience at VUPD as a Community Service Officer (CSO) or a Communications Officer (CO) may be used to meet the minimum three (3) year requirement.


  • Good customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.


  • Must successfully complete required training and certification in the specific area of specialization as defined below:

  • Firearms Training/Safety and /or Specialized Instructor – POST approved Instructor Development training or eligibility for waiver from POST; department approved specific training course (i.e., IPMBA, Defensive Tactics)

  • Field Training Officer – Department approved Field Training Officer course.

  • State Certified Trainer – State of Tennessee, Private Protective Services Act.

  • RAD Trainer – Department approved RAD trainer/instructor course.

  • Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee.

  • Must obtain and maintain a special police commission from the Chief Law Enforcement official in Metropolitan Nashville.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one and do so within 60 days of appointment.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Must attend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and POST approved in-service training course consisting of at least forty (40) hours of instruction.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 39301 - Campus Precinct

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action