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:
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
Additional organizations with which UPPD shares recruitment information
It is recommended that we add the following resource centers to our distribution list: