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Police Officer (Lateral/P.O.S.T. Certified)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 8 - SUPA - State University Police Association, Probationary, Full Time, Safety

Position Summary

This Police Series encompasses those positions whose primary function is to ensure the protection and public safety of SDSU students, faculty, staff, property, and members of the general public who visit SDSU.  Incumbents assigned to this series must have successfully completed a certified California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) program.  Positions are classified within the series on the basis of the nature and variety of work, including difficulty and complexity of assignments; degree of supervisory control exercised over the position; availability and scope of guidelines and authority controlling actions; purpose, level and nature of interpersonal working relationships; and nature and extent of supervisory responsibility for the work of others.

Incumbents in this series have primary responsibility for patrolling the campus, maintaining order, controlling crowds, protecting individuals and property, conducting investigations, gathering evidence, making arrests and writing reports. All positions in the series require at least a working knowledge of current federal and state laws; ability to identify and evaluate sensitive and/or dangerous situations and take appropriate action, quickly and calmly; ability to make clear, concise written and oral reports of observations and actions taken; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with campus personnel, students, community agencies and the public; and ability to meet the physical and mental demands of the job.  In addition, incumbents may be delegated responsibility for additional assignments to meet the unique public safety needs of the campus. Examples include: range master, canine handler, field training, defensive tactics instruction, motorcycle patrol, bicycle patrol, field evidence technician, crime prevention specialist, community relations programs, and a member of a critical response or special reaction team (e.g., sexual assault or emergency medical).

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This recruitment will be used to establish a pool of candidates for current and future full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) appointments. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation. Standard work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Successful completion of a California P.O.S.T. certified training program, and possession of a current California Basic Course Certificate.
  • Valid California driver's license required

Compensation and Benefits

CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,112 - $9,017 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Applications will be reviewed on an as needed basis.

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 thorough background investigation (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. In addition, applicants must satisfactorily pass a polygraph examination, psychological review and medical examination. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background process 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.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Employment Services at 619-594-7901 or

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