Want to work for Ball State Police Department?

***We are now accepting applications for Police Officer. Anyone interested in applying must apply by September 30, 2018***

The Ball State University Police Department is looking for talented men and women who are going to make a positive difference in a university community setting and provide safety and security for the students, staff, faculty, and guests of the university.  

The Ball State University Police Department consists of 32 sworn officers. They undergo the same training as all police officers in the State of Indiana, receiving the same certification and police powers. The Ball State University Police Department provides complete police service for the university community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Ball State University Police Officers have police authority on any property owned or occupied by the university, and on any street through or adjacent to campus. Additionally, BSUPD shares a concurrent jurisdiction agreement with the Muncie Police Department and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. As such officers are responsible for the investigation of all criminal offenses and vehicle accidents occurring in and around campus, and for the enforcement of all local traffic laws and parking regulations.

Policing at a state university means that you may find yourself doing anything from providing crowd control at a demonstration to interacting with fans at a football game to criminal investigations in a residence hall. BSUPD is dedicated to working with students, faculty, staff and visitors to provide a safe and welcoming campus. We accomplish this by priding ourselves in having a strong community policing foundation. BSUPD officers participate in many programs including Lunch with a Cop or the dorm officer liaison program.


The minimum qualifications to be an officer are:

  • an associate degree or two years of college or equivalent experience in law enforcement
  • successful completion of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training course within the first year of employment or completion of an equivalent training program approved by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board
  • must possess and maintain a valid Indiana driver's license
  • must be able to perform all mental and physical requirements as outlined in each job duty and be able to meet physical fitness standards as defined by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy
  • must pass a psychological evaluation and polygraph test post-offer/employment

The preferred qualifications to be an officer are:

  • a bachelor's degree
  • successful completion of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy basic training course or completion of an equivalent training program approved by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board
  • law enforcement experience related to a campus/university environment

Hiring Process

The process starts with a review of the application that has been submitted to University Human Resource Services. The application must be completely filled out to be considered for the position. The applicant will then receive a background information packet that must be filled out completely before taking the physical assessment.

The next phase is the physical assessment that is held at Ball State University. The department uses the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) entrance standards on the day of testing. The physical fitness standards for the Ball State Police Department are as follows:

  • vertical jump—13.5 inches
  • one-minute sit-ups—minimum 24
  • 300-meter run—82 seconds
  • push-ups—minimum 21
  • 1.5-mile run—18 minutes, 56 seconds

The ILEA Web site gives exercises to help improve on the standards the applicant must meet. After successful completion of the physical and written tests, selected candidates will be scheduled for:

  • an oral interview
  • polygraph examination
  • chief’s interview
  • psychological evaluation
  • drug screen

Applicants will be notified by letter of possible employment with the department. The selection process may take 30-60 days.


 Health Insurance  Life Insurance
 Dental Insurance  Retirement Benefits
These are just a few of the common benefits we offer. To see all the benefits offered by the university, check out the Payroll & Employee Benefits page.

Ball State University also provides benefits that other agencies may not, such as family-friendly six weeks paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child and a chance to continue your education with tuition assistance for the officer, spouse, and their children.

Salary:                                    Hourly:           Annual Salary:

  • New Hire Rate:                                         $19.10                $39,737
  • Post Training Rate (ILEA graduate):             $21.23                $44,150

Shift Differential:

  • Second shift: ¢.25/hour shift premium.
  • Third shift: ¢.35/hour shift premium.

Work Schedule:

Officers work an eight (8) hour shift. 

  • First shift: 7am-3pm
  • Second shift: 3pm-11pm
  • Third shift: 11pm-7am

Officers have a rotating work week with five (5) days on and two (2) days off. 


There are many overtime opportunities available. 

  • all home football games
  • men’s basketball games
  • women’s basketball games
  • LateNite
  • most Emens’ shows
  • many more throughout the year

For any additional information on specific university polices as they pertain to the position of police officer, check out the service personnel handbook.