Police Officer Cadet (2019-1593)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Marcos
  • San Marcos, California
  • Apr 17, 2021
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description

The Cadet is a non-sworn officer in a trainee capacity. Incumbents attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified academy to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume a position as a sworn police officer. Upon successful completion of the required P.O.S.T. training within the required time frame and at the discretion of management, the Police Officer Cadet may be appointed to the classification of Police Officer 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 and codified and case law. The Cadet also receives training in report writing, physical fitness, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques. Appointments to this classification are temporary and typically do not exceed seven (7) months.

Upon successful completion of the Police Academy and Department FTO Program: Under the direction of a supervisor, performs patrol duties in a vehicle, bicycle, on foot or other vehicles to protect university students, personnel, visitors, property, and facilities from accidents, bodily harm, fire, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry. Enforces laws and traffic regulations and apprehends violators. Incumbent provides general information and assistance to the public. Maintains comprehensive knowledge of laws, Department Rules and Regulations, General Orders and University policies; prepares various reports; performs word-processing.

% of Time
1. Police and Law Enforcement 95%
2. Other Responsibilities 5%


1. Police and Law Enforcement
a. Receive training in providing general law enforcement and public service duties.
b. Participate in academic tasks and testing activities.
c. Participate in review and observation activities conducted at the academy or in the field.
d. Participate in physical training and testing activities.
e. Responsible for investigating criminal and non-criminal cases, and public safety situations. Makes arrests and transports prisoners. Interviews witnesses, assists them in trial preparation and appears in court when subpoenaed. Conducts traffic accident investigations.
f. Conducts traffic enforcement operations.
g. Responds to fire and panic alarms.
h. Assists as part of the emergency response team during campus disasters and/or emergencies.

2. Other Responsibilities
a. Perform other duties as assigned.
b. Non-sworn office or field-based work as needed in the police department or in the field.




1. List education and experience required

a. Must be age 21 by date of employment.
b. Must pass a written exam, a panel interview, a management interview, polygraph, medical exam, drug screen, psychological exam, and background investigation prior to appointment.
c. Must meet and maintain eligibility requirements to attend a POST Certified Basic Course Academy.
d. High school diploma or equivalent.
e. A valid California Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.

2. List knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position.

a. Must satisfactorily complete the Department Field Training Program within (18) months of the date of graduation from the academy.
b. Must have the ability to use defensive tactics techniques as they may become involved in physical confrontations requiring the use force. This use of force can range from passive resistance to deadly force. Other physical demands require good aerobic conditioning, and in some cases, heavy lifting.
c. Mental capacity, physical agility and learning potential to perform all aspects of POST training and police work.
d. Demonstrate ability to quickly learn and apply campus rules and regulations related to work performed.
e. Ability to exercise tact, courtesy, alertness, and good judgment in making decisions according to laws, regulations, policies, supervisory expectations, and in responding to others.
f. Demonstrate ability to operate in an environment that requires discretion and confidentiality.
g. Demonstrate ability to think and act decisively and effectively in emergencies and sensitive situations.
h. Demonstrate a willingness to confront problems.
i. Demonstrate ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse campus community, and with members/agencies outside the Cal State San Marcos community.
j. Ability to read, write, and orally communicate effectively in a clear and concise manner.

3. List machines, tools, equipment, and motor vehicles used in the performance of the duties

a. Must be able to operate a two-way-radio, personal computer, telephone, fax machine, and copier. In addition, must be able to operate standard police vehicle. Safety equipment may include, but is not limited to, firearms, chemical agents, handcuffs, flashlights, various less lethal weapons, ballistic vests, duty belt, gas masks, and riot gear.

4. Unique working conditions

a. Incumbent will be required to work rotating shifts to include weekends and nights.
b. Must be able to perform law enforcement duties and emergency related duties in various environments (indoor, outdoor, inclement weather, and other adverse conditions).

5. Other Employment Requirements

a. 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. General Reporter

b. This position is required to complete Sexual Harassment Prevention training "EDU Supervisor: Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation"

c. Must participate in required campus trainings including, but not limited to, Information Security Awareness Training and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention "EDU: Eliminate Campus Sexual Misconduct".

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Marcos, California 92096 United States View Map