Vanderbilt University Corporal in Nashville, Tennessee

Corporal (Job Number: 1801937)


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 throughproactive patrol of assigned area working with zone contacts to identifypotential security related situations and develop crime prevention strategies.

  • Identifies potential securityrelated conditions and take the lead in problem solving through partnerships todevelop prevention strategies.

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

  • Coordinates with VUPD CommunityRelations personnel on physical security, safety information, and other relatedcrime prevention issues within their area.

  • Develops rapport with members of theuniversity community as well as surrounding areas; participates in communityrelations activities.

  • Assists community members asnecessary when dealing with the criminal justice system and other relatedmatters.

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

Calls for Service

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

  • Responder for non-emergency calls toinclude but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety andsecurity concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potentialvolatility and Situations that require coordination between VUPD and other VUdepartments including members of the VU community who have orders of protectionon file, no directory or alias patients, sensitive student, staff, or facultyissues.

  • Responds to general calls forservice such as access and/or lock buildings, assist motorist, or providepersonal safety.

  • Provides escorts of money andpersons for protection of such.

  • Assists other agencies as requested.

  • Provides back up for other officersas necessary.

  • Assists medical personnel in thedetention of psychiatric patients.

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


  • Provides initial investigation forall calls of criminal activity and accidents.

  • Protects and maintains crime sceneas necessary.

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

  • Interviews victims, witnesses, andsuspects and informs them of options available and additional processes tofollow.

  • Photographs and processes crime sceneor coordinates resources for required processing.

  • May conduct photo line ups andadditional investigative duties as needed.

  • Provides crime preventioninformation to victims to reduce re-victimization.

  • Performs field stops and interviews.

  • Makes arrests, issues citations, andgives warnings.

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


  • Appears in court as prosecutingofficer or witness and presents testimony.

  • Searches prisoners and providescustody of prisoners throughout booking process.

  • May be required to appear atuniversity administrative hearings to provide testimony.

  • Prepares and submits applicablefollow-up reports.

Special Events and Assignments

  • Provides security for events such asathletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement andnumerous other social activities where security personnel may be required toprovide crowd control and maintain order.

  • Coordinates with other agencies asnecessary.



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 standardson appearance/grooming

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

Other Requirements

  • Pass a thorough backgroundinvestigation that demonstrates –

  • he/she is of good moral character,

  • he/she has a good driving record,and

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

  • Pass a Psychological Evaluation.


  • Required to worknights/weekends/holidays.

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

  • May be confined to patrol car for anentire shift.

  • May be exposed to hazardousmaterials, infectious disease, and blood borne pathogens, steam, car batteryacid, loud noises, smoke and fire.

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

Profileof 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 aPolice Officer, two (2) years of which must be with VUPD (if an internalcandidate)

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 andoral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated self-restraint inchallenging and/or difficult situations.

  • Ability to work in a multi-culturalsetting.

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills.


  • Must successfully complete requiredtraining and certification in the specific area of specialization as definedbelow:

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

  • Field Training Officer – Departmentapproved Field Training Officer course.

  • State Certified Trainer – State ofTennessee, Private Protective Services Act.

  • RAD Trainer – Department approvedRAD trainer/instructor course.

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

  • Must obtain and maintain a specialpolice commission from the Chief Law Enforcement official in MetropolitanNashville.

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

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Mustattend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and POSTapproved in-service training course consisting of at least forty (40) hours ofinstruction.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

About VanderbiltBenefits

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 VanderbiltUniversity

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