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Police Officer (Entry Level), Cal State Northridge

The Department of Police Services is a full-service, accredited law enforcement agency that provides police and emergency services to the university community and is open 24 hours a day/ seven days a week. University police officers are sworn law enforcement officers whose police authority on state university property extends throughout the state, including con-current jurisdiction with the Los Angeles Police Department on the adjacent streets and community. They are vested with the same peace officer powers of arrest and responsibilities as other police officers within the State of California. Under general supervision, the Cadet attends the prescribed training sessions (academy) to learn the principles, practices, and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement and codified and case law; and 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 officers in the performance of their duties. The Officer performs patrol duties on foot or by vehicle to protect campus and visiting personnel, property, and facilities against accidents, bodily harm, fires, theft, vandalism, and illegal entry; enforces laws and traffic regulations; apprehends violators; provides general information and assistance to the public; may conduct investigations; and performs other duties as assigned.



Cadet: High school diploma or equivalent and eligibility to attend a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) basic training academy. Officer: Must satisfactorily meet the current employment standards of the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)

Cadet and Officer applicants: Must meet CSUN Minimum Standards of Employment and Training which includes possession of a valid California driver''s license; must be free of any felony convictions; have good moral character; be a high school graduate or equivalent; meet pre-employment requirements including the P.O.S.T. Entry Level Law Enforcement Test Battery, physical agility test, successful completion of a comprehensive P.O.S.T. background investigation, physical exam with drug testing, and psychological exam. Successful completion of P.O.S.T. certified training program, including obtaining a Basic Course Certificate required.


Knowledge, Specialized Skills, and Abilities:

Cadet: Qualify for and satisfactorily meet the ongoing standards of the basic P.O.S.T. academy training. Possess mental capacity, physical agility, and learning potential to perform all aspects of P.O.S.T. training and police work. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Possess valid California driver''s license at time of appointment.


Officer: Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures and current criminal codes and laws. Ability and specialized skills to: assess a law enforcement or other hazardous situation and determine an appropriate course of action; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and concise procedural reports; quickly learn and apply campus rules and regulations to work performed; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the campus community, general public, and state and local public safety agencies.



Salary range: $64,440.00 - $73,944.00;

Cadet salary (while attending police academy) is set at $3,576.


Department website: To apply:; follow instructions for external applicants.

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