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Vanderbilt University Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. It is the goal of the Vanderbilt University Police Department to attract well-qualified and diverse candidates to serve a very diverse community.

Please visit the Employment at Vanderbilt page for details on current employment opportunities, benefits, and more information.

Employment Standards for Non-Sworn Positions:

  1. Must be a US Citizen.
  2. Must have a GED or High School Diploma.
  3. Must have a valid Tennessee driver's license.
  4. Must have an honorable discharge from military service (DD-214, if applicable).
  5. Must pass a thorough background investigation (driving record will be considered part of the background.)
  6. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  7. Must pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Employment Standards for Sworn Positions:

Must meet all of the above requirements PLUS :
  1. Must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Must meet standards set by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission and adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly on June 24, 1983, T.C.A. 38-8-106.
  3. Must not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or any violation of any Federal or State Laws, or City Ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor, or controlled substances.
  4. Must pass a medical examination.

Selection Process

  1. Pass a thorough background investigation
  2. Interviews
  3. Pass a thorough medical examination
  4. Pass a psychological examination
  5. Complete the Police Training Academy
  6. Complete a Field Training Program

Vanderbilt provides

  • On-the-Job Training
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Varied Health Care Plans
  • Vision and Dental Care Plans
  • Short-Term/Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • On Site Wellness Program
  • Tuition Benefits for You and Your Dependent Children
  • Uniforms
In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Vanderbilt University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; its admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. Inquiries or complaints should be directed to the Opportunity Development Officer, Baker Building, Box 1809 Station B, Nashville, Tennessee 37235. Telephone (615) 322-4705 (V/TDD); fax (615) 421-6871.