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POLICE OFFICER (Police Officer)

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Recruitment Details

Position Details

Recruitment Number VA812
Posting Period

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 06/02/17. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

On Campus Only Promotional Opportunity No
Working Title POLICE OFFICER (Police Officer)
Level/Range/Grade 0
Salary Range (From $ to $) $5,016 - $7,235 per month (New employees should anticipate being hired at the beginning of the salary range). Effective July 1, 2017 the new salary range will be $5,016 - $7,235.
Department University Police
Number of Positions 3
FLSA Code Non-Exempt
Status Regular: Permanent (after one-year probationary period)
Full-time/part-time (if part-time, indicate time base) Full-time
Pay Plan 12/12 month
CBU/MOU R08 - SUPA Public Safety
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Work Schedule

Hours Per Day Varies
Days Per Week Varies
Shift Varies

Position Summary

Primary Duties

Under general supervision, Police Officers will look out for the welfare of the entire University, working closely with all University departments, utilizing a strong understanding of all laws including search and seizure, and probable cause; will patrol, respond to and handle incidents involving violations of law or campus regulations; will conduct thorough criminal investigations; testify in court; provide general information and assistance to the public; and apply progressive police principles and best practices.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures, current criminal codes/laws, and investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of computers and utilizing programs such as, MicroSoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • General knowledge of crime prevention and first aid.
  • Basic knowledge of law enforcement databases, victim witness services, and other available resources.


  • Effective interpersonal skills to resolve a wide variety of sensitive situations.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Practice good interpersonal communication skills and maintain positive, civil, and collegial interactions with all members of the campus community.

Incumbent must have the ability to:

  • Identify and evaluate sensitive and/or dangerous situations and take appropriate action, quickly and calmly.
  • Make clear, concise written and oral reports of observations and actions taken
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with campus personnel, students, community agencies and the public.
  • Meet the physical and mental demands of the job.
  • Maintain standards of professional ethics and adhere to law enforcement code of conduct.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct while representing the University at on and off campus meetings and events.
  • Use effective investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Comply with collective bargaining agreements.
  • Consistently perform the duties of this position at a satisfactory level or above.
  • Communicate job-related information in a positive and productive manner.
  • Contribute to a positive University experience for every student and assist in achieving the University’s commitment to its Strategic Priorities.
  • Operate law enforcement motor vehicles (with emergency and communications equipment), portable radio and other communications and safety equipment, weapons, and emergency response equipment.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle in congested traffic areas.
  • Be dedicated to continuous learning, skill enhancement and formal education.
  • Work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines.
  • Work independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Take direction from supervisors.
  • Work various rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Be sensitive to a changing environment and the potential need to reassess priorities as a result of those changes.
  • Adjust to technological and work environment changes.
Required Education and/or Experience

This position requires:

  • Current enrollment in, or successful completion of, a California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). Basic Police Academy is required at the time of application. Possession of a valid Certificate of Completion of the Basic Academy is required at time of appointment.
  • Must be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development (GED) Test indicating high school graduation level, or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from a college or university.

MINIMUM STANDARDS for POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATES (California Government Code Section 1031):

  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Must have no misdemeanor convictions containing elements of domestic violence.
  • Must successfully complete fingerprint and records check including local, state and federal criminal records.
  • Must satisfy citizenship requirements detailed in Government code 1031 (a) & 1031.5. Be a U. S. citizen, or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship and obtains citizenship within three years of application date.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment.
  • Must have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation which will be conducted as prescribed in the P.O.S.T. Administrative Manual, and must be completed prior to appointment date.
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional, and mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of powers of a police officer.
  • Must be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a police officer as determined by the use of the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or other job-related tests of reading and writing ability.
  • A valid California driver’s license is required by time of appointment.
Additional Requirements for this Position


Recruitment Preferences

Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • Full-time equivalent of three or more years of active law enforcement experience.
  • Proficiency with technology and software programs such as database and records management programs (RMS).
  • Experience interacting and dealing with persons of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Punjabi.
Special Requirements
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
  • Throughout employment in this position incumbent must maintain a valid California Driver’s License as well as continued completion and compliance of the CSU Defensive Driver’s Training course.
  • This is considered a sensitive position. As a result, current CSU, Chico employees are subject to a thorough background investigation which will be conducted as prescribed in the P.O.S.T. Administrative Manual, and must be completed prior to appointment date.

The following may be completed PRIOR to an offer of employment:
1. Physical agility test which will be done as outlined by P.O.S.T.
2. Oral interview by a panel.
3. Personal History/Background Investigation includes, completion of a personal history statement, Live Scan fingerprinting and local, state and federal criminal records check in accordance with current P.O.S.T. standards.

The following shall be completed AFTER a conditional offer of employment has been made:
1. Medical examination including drug screening of which the specific requirements shall be as outlined in the P.O.S.T. Medical Screening Manual for California Law Enforcement. If the candidate fails the medical examination, the conditional offer of employment must be withdrawn.
2. Psychological examination/review which shall be in accordance with current P.O.S.T. standards.
3. Background investigation follow-up.

Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to position self to complete all the physical requirements of active duty as a police officer.

Must be able to perform law enforcement duties and emergency related duties in various environments (indoor, outdoor, inclement weather, and other adverse conditions, etc.) Requires ability to work various rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays. May be required to work on short notice. May require evening/night and weekend travel.

Personal protective equipment required: police uniform (as described in the University Police General Orders Manual) and duty belt with weapon.


This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

Benefit Information

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). Eligibility for standard CSU benefits is based on an appointment of half-time or more for a period exceeding six months. Employees appointed less than half-time or less than six months are not eligible for standard CSU benefits but do receive prorated sick leave and vacation.

Eligibility for Affordable Care Act (ACA) benefits is based on an appointment of at least three-quarter time, hired to work a minimum of 130 hours per month over the course of the appointment or works an average of 130 hours or more per month during the measurement period. The ACA guidelines provide for health coverage or FlexCash only. ACA does not provide dental or vision plan coverage.

About the University and Community

Detailed information is available at As a university that educates students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, we value a diverse faculty and staff. CSU, Chico welcomes applicants who are knowledgeable about and interested in working within a cross-cultural learning environment. We also welcome those who share a passion and commitment to the University’s 6th Strategic Priority that focuses on sustainability, stewardship, and the environment – see

California State University, Chico is committed to achieving excellence through diversity in the classroom and the workplace. It strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Posting Details

Open Date (posting open date) 05/19/2017
Close Date (posting close date)
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe how policing a campus environment is unique. Why do you want to work in a campus environment and what strengths do you possess that will compliment this environment?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Explain why personal integrity, ethics, and truthfulness are such important qualities for a peace officer.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * If you were able to create a new outreach program or project that enhances student safety, what would it be? Who would be involved and what would your role be?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Résumé
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Optional Applicant Documents