Careers at Duke: Duke University Police Department

With roughly 180 police and security officers, Duke Police provides safety and security for Duke University and its Hospital. As a member of the department, officers have access to a variety of benefits and professional development opportunities. Duke Police officers share their stories about what they value about working at Duke.

Why Work at the Duke University Police Department?

Duke's reputation as one of the premier institutions in the nation for education, research and patient care is dependent on the people who invest their careers here. Duke expands horizons, creates new understanding and improves the health of the community because of the special people who make Duke's mission a living, breathing reality.

By joining the Duke community as a member of our department, you will become a part of a legacy of great achievement and even greater promise. At Duke, there are ample opportunities for educational, professional and cultural growth. No matter what the role, Duke employees are improving lives – their own, and the lives of people they encounter.

  • Members of the Duke University Police department provide services to the University and Health System. We're ranked among the best institutions in the country and have been named a best place to work by publications and organizations, including Carolina Parent, Computerworld, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Association of Retired Persons, among others.
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  • Duke provides a comprehensive benefits package, which includes generous vacation time, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as employee tuition, children's undergraduate tuition and other work/life and professional development opportunities.
  • Duke provides police officers with retirement benefits similar to other North Carolina law enforcement agencies.
  • The Duke University Police department is a well-trained, well-equipped department that is nationally accredited.
  • Employees have access to many events and cultural opportunities from Duke basketball and the Duke University Golf Course, the only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the region, to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Nasher Museum of Art and more.
  • The Duke Police Department provides security and police services for hundreds of special events on campus each year, including NCAA Division I athletics and community sponsored activities. These events offer our members unique opportunities to provide security for dignitaries for additional compensation.
  • Duke's hometown of Durham has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 places to live – a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters.

How to Apply

Applications for vacant positions with the Duke University Police Department are available through Duke Human Resources. To search for open positions, select the “Jobs” tab and follow directions to search job openings. You may complete a resume format online or load your resume into the online application system.

All applicants are subject to a thorough background investigation and substance abuse screening. A clear criminal records check and a stable employment history are essential.

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For follow-up by the Duke Police recruiter, you can e-mail your name, address, phone number and position applied for to Jeremy Egan at

Applicants may also address their questions concerning any of our job positions to: Duke University Police Department, Attn. Duke Police Officer Recruiter, Box 90425, Durham, NC 27708-0425, or by calling (919) 684-2444.

Position Descriptions

The Duke Police Department accepts applications for its open positions. Click on the following links from the Duke University Human Resources website to read position descriptions and see if positions are available:

Police Officer Applicants

Police Officer applicants must have a valid North Carolina driver's license, be at least 20 years old and have uncorrected vision no worse than 20/200 for both eyes together. Preference is given to applicants who possess one or more of the following:

  • Current North Carolina law enforcement certification;
  • Completion of North Carolina basic law enforcement training (BLET) within the last 9 months;
  • College degree in any field;
  • Prior law enforcement, security or military experience.

The North Carolina Department of Justice has additional information concerning Minimum Standards for Police Officers.

Security Officer Applicants

Although prior security experience is desirable, no prior experience is required. Complete on-the-job training is provided to all officers.

Emergency Communications Officer Applicants

Experience operating radio and other communications equipment is ideal. The applicant will be required to attain and maintain NC Division of Criminal Information (DCI) certification within 90 days of their appointment. Preference will be given to those applicants who have had prior dispatching experience and who possess personal computer familiarity.