UO Police Department ready to hire officers

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon started advertising for both entry level and experienced law enforcement officers to staff the UO Police Department.

Still undecided: Whether those sworn police officers will carry firearms or not.

The university started advertising two jobs - police officer 1 and police officer 2 - this week.

Communications Manager at UOPD, Kelly McIver, told KVAL's Tom Adams Friday, "People have a higher level of expectation based on the tuition they are paying for the services they will get, and the level of safety they'll have on campus."

The department plans to hold a career night on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Ballroom (second floor of the EMU), 1222 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403.

The entry level position offers $22.60 per hour. Wages for more experienced officers start at $25.60.

UOPD told KVAL News they plan to hire 4 to 6 officers by next fall. Over the course of the next year, that total will grow to 20 to 25 officers.

The 13 public safety officers currently employed by the university can apply for the open positions.

The final decision on whether the new police work will carry firearms has not been made yet, however. Interim Chief Carolyn McDermed says UO President Michael Gottfredson has to hand down his recommendation, then the Oregon University System will have the final say.