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Campus Security Officer Training, Job Outlook & Salary Information

Campus Security Officer Current Employment

Once relegated to the role of night watchman or woman, the campus security officer today has become a respected member of the campus security team, enforcing college regulations and state laws at colleges, universities, and private schools. According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics, nine in ten public institutions rely on sworn campus law enforcement personnel. Some two-thirds of surveyed colleges and universities employed armed officers to enforce law and order.
Officers can patrol campus facilities on foot, in a squad car, an unmarked vehicle, on a bicycle or motorcycle. Some officers may be trained to work with canines.

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Campus Security Officer Training

Campus law enforcement agencies typically hire new officers who have at least passed basic pre-licensure training and have a high school diploma. Agencies may require applicants to hold a two-year, associate's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, or security. Depending on the state where the institution is located, campus security officers may also be required to complete formal in-state Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) programs.

Campus Security Officer Job Outlook

Employment of security guards is predicted to rise by 17 percent during the 2006 to 2016 decade, while openings for all police officers are expected to rise by 11 percent. *The median annual wage for campus security officers was $23,460 in 2008, with earnings of $39,360 at the top end of the scale. To advance in the field, campus security officers can complete advanced POST certifications or enroll in online degree programs in law enforcement or criminal justice.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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