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UPPD Recruitment Process

New Officers

This section summarizes the recruitment process for new police officers. Note that the Division of Public Safety follows all hiring laws, guidelines and practices for the University of Pennsylvania.

UPPD Hiring Process

All candidates will apply through our Careers@Penn website. Once UPPD receives an application, it is reviewed for required prerequisites, which include:

  1. US citizenship by birth or naturalization
  2. 21 years of age
  3. High school diploma or GED certificate
  4. A Valid U.S. driver’s license
  5. Eligible for Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officer (MPO) Act 120 certification by the time of hiring

After review of a candidate’s application, additional hiring process steps include a recorded video interview; panel interview with members from the Penn community; and an interview with the Superintendent of Police. Following this process, should an applicant be offered a conditional position, they will them be asked to submit information for a full background check, including reference checks and outreach to former employers, family, friends and neighbors; and successful completion of physical and psychological evaluations.

How do we seek out the best candidates?

We seek to recruit candidates with backgrounds as diverse as the community in which we serve. Some of the organizations and outlets through which we reach out to potential candidates include:

Division of Public Safety Outlets

News Publications

Industry Websites

Additional organizations with which UPPD shares recruitment information

It is recommended that we add the following resource centers to our distribution list:

  • Emergencies


  • General Information


  • Campus Phones


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