Police Officer Employment (Full-Time)
Become Part of the UM Team
Police Officer (full-time) Starting Hourly Rates
A police officer has the primary responsibility to provide protective and law enforcement services on the university campus. In addition the university police officer has responsibilities to provide special services to the university community consistent with the mission of the University and the Police Department. This individual may serve as a uniformed patrol officer, detective, community police officer/’Canes Resource Officer, or directed patrol officer (as assigned).
Applicants must be FDLE certified in order to apply. All applicants must have 54 college credits (or 3 years military service/law enforcement experience), must be a U.S. citizen, and must pass a thorough background investigation. In addition to the benefits offered by the University (refer to bottom of page), police officers receive the following:
• $2K retention bonus upon completion of Field Training
• $1168 monthly retirement annuity beginning one year following Field Training completion
• Longevity increase (Lump sum payment of 5% of annual base salary paid after 5 years of service and after 10 years of service, effective upon anniversary of FTO completion)
• University-contributed retirement plan (5% of pay) and matching of employee contributions (up to an additional 5%)
• Annual performance-based merit increase
• UM tuition remission for employee & dependents
• Group Medical & Dental insurance
• Educational incentive
• Special Unit pay
• Shift Differential pay
Available positions are posted at www.miami.edu/careers (Job category: Public Safety & Security)
Overtime opportunities are available on a limited basis. Officers at the University can earn an average of $3,500 in overtime pay. Scheduled overtime details regularly include:
• On-Campus Athletic Events
• Concert and Shows at BankUnited Center
• Faculty Club and Rathskeller events
• Other University functions
The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community who study, research, work, and live on the Coral Gables Campus. We invite you to become part of a unique professional law enforcement team that strives for excellence.
The Police Officer Application Process
The University of Miami Police Department recognizes the critical part the police officer applicant background investigation plays in the recruitment and selection process. The department is committed to a quality recruitment and selection process that brings the best possible police officer applicant into the department and onto the campus. Because of this commitment to the excellence of its police officers, extensive efforts have been undertaken to make this process an efficient and effective tool to obtain the best possible candidates to work at the University of Miami.
The Recruitment and Selection Process for police officers at the University of Miami Police Department occurs in several phases. Each phase has distinctive activities and functions that must occur in order to successfully recruit and select quality police officers for the University. Below is a breakdown of each phase:
1. Application Process – online application, prescreen forms, 2nd application package
2. Initial Standards Testing – TABE, FBAT, Physical Ability
3. Credit, Traffic, Criminal Checks
4. Initial Interview
5. POST Exam
6. Suitability Testing – Medical, psychological and polygraph exams
7. In-Depth Background – education and employment verification; interviews with neighbors, family members, character references, and employers; address verification; out-of-state checks (if applicable); verification of application with other agencies; civil court history check; training academy verification
8. Final Interview
The entire process lasts approximately 3 to 6 months (from Initial Standards Testing dates) and varies according to applicant employment and residence history. We do not recommend applicants to take any of these exams independently, as these exam scores will not be accepted.
After completing the University of Miami probationary period, all officers are eligible to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at no cost, and family members receive similar benefits. Full-time regular employees can receive a 100 percent tuition remission benefit for up to:
12 scheduled holidays per full year of employment and 2 floating holidays per year. Floating holidays can be taken any time (subject to approval). Worked holidays are paid at 2.5 times the regular hourly rate.
• University-contributed monthly supplement of $1168 one year after successful FTO Completion (up to 25 years)
• University contributed savings plan (5%), optional employee contribution and University match (up to 5%) for a total contribution of up to 15%
• Non-Contributory Life Insurance
• Low Cost Voluntary Excess Life
• Low Cost AD&D Insurance
• Low-contribution health plan (HMO/PPO)
• High Deductible low-contribution health plan
• Dental Plans
All applicants must have 54 college credits (or 3 years of law enforcement/military service), be a US citizen, meet vision requirements, and pass a thorough background investigation.