The San Diego State University Police Department is seeking entry level police officer cadet applicants. Officers selected for this position will work in an environment with diverse populations which includes students, faculty and staff members and other community members. Applicants will demonstrate experience and or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of historically underrepresented groups.
The review of applications will begin on a as needed basis. The on line application should be completed in detail. Completion of the online application is required for consideration; a resume alone will not suffice.
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This recruitment will be used to establish a pool of candidates for current and future full-time permanent (probationary) appointments. Applicants will be required to work a rotating shift schedule, to include: Weekends, holidays, day shifts and night shifts as assigned.
Applicants interested in this position must take and pass the POST certified “Pellet-B” entry level peace officer written test, or have taken and passed the “Pellet-B” entry level test within the past six months. In addition to the “Pellet-B” test, applicants must also pass the POST physical agility test. Subjects applying for the cadet/entry level peace officer position must be qualified for the position and be of good moral character as determined by a comprehensive and thorough background investigation established by POST guidelines and applicable laws governing background investigations for peace officers. Candidates must also take and pass a panel interview, a chief’s interview, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, and a medical examination.
The Cadet is a non-sworn officer in a trainee capacity. Incumbents attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified training academy to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume a position as a sworn peace officer. Appointments to this classification are temporary in nature and typically do not exceed seven (7) months. Upon successful completion of the required P.O.S.T. training within the required timeframe and at the discretion of management, the peace office cadet may be appointed to the classification of peace officer (Class Code 8350) on a probationary basis.
The primary responsibility of the Cadet is to attend the prescribed training sessions to learn the principles, practices, and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement, as well as codified in case law. The Cadet also receives training in report writing, physical fitness techniques, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques. Under close supervision, the Cadet may assist other police officer cadets in the performance of their duties.
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Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $3,576 per month.
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Must be 21 years by graduation of the POST Academy; there is no maximum age limit.
High school diploma or equivalency.
Valid California Class C (Class 3) driver's license.
Eligibility to attend a certified P.O.S.T. basic training academy.
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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.
San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
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SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.
Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 91 areas, master's degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. SDSU's approximately 35,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future. SDSU's annual economic impact to the state of California is $6.5 billion, according to an impact report done by the California State University in 2010.Of SDSU's 280,000-plus alumni, approximately 60 percent live in San Diego. They comprise more than half the region's engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs and the local workforce for a host of other industries.San Diego State University is a community diverse in race, ethnicity, language, culture, social class, national origin, religious and political belief, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. As a university committed to learning in all its forms, San Diego State University recognizes the need to attract and retain a critical mass of diverse persons who will advance its goals and ideals.