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Police Cadet/Police Officer (Lateral/Police Academy Graduate)

Apply now Job no: 524698
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 8 - SUPA - State University Police Association, Probationary, Full Time, Safety

Classification:   Police Officer
Anticipated Hiring Salary: $6,831 per month (Cadet entry salary will be $3,576 per month)
CSU Salary Schedule
Hours:  Full-time (3/12 work schedule)
FLSA:  Non-exempt  

Priority Screening Date:  Extended
Recruitment Status:   Open Until Filled


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


Under the general supervision of Associate Vice President for Public Safety/Chief of Police, and with daily oversight by the Deputy Chief of Police, the Police Officer routinely works an assigned shift and performs patrol duties on foot, bicycle or by vehicle to protect students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, property, and facilities against accidents, bodily harm, fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry; enforces laws and traffic regulations; apprehends violators; provides general information and assistance to the public, conducts investigations, and is responsible for the protection of life and property within the jurisdiction of the California State University, Monterey Bay.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

Police Officer

  • Patrols the Campus and adjacent area on foot, bicycle, or by vehicle and answers calls to protect persons, property and facilities.
  • Performs crime prevention assignments, enforces laws, traffic regulations and safety regulations on the campus and adjacent areas; apprehends or arrests violators.
  • Investigates criminal activity and creates clear, concise reports.
  • Provides security for large gatherings of faculty, staff, students or visitors to the campus; may be responsible for conducting investigations related to assigned cases and investigating and recording irregularities which occur during the assigned shift; takes the necessary action within the limits of prescribed policies and procedures to correct the situation or, if necessary, contacts the appropriate authorities for guidance and assistance.
  • Performs other duties; which enhance the safety of the campus community, such as providing assistance to Public Safety/Police support staff.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness and other safety programs as assigned.
  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


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 timeframe and the discretion of management, the police officer cadet is appointed to the classification of police officer.  Under close supervision, the Cadet attends the prescribed training sessions 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.


High school diploma or equivalent.  Successful completion of a P.O.S.T. certified program, including obtaining a Basic Course Certificate.

  • 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) and 1031.5  Be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship and obtains citizenship within three years of applicate 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 the 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

License and Certification Requirements

Peace Officers must have:

  • Eligible to be a peace officer in the State of California
  • Possess a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate Eligibility or a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate in good standing
  • Valid California driver's license


High school diploma or equivalent and eligibility to attend a certified P.O.S.T. basic training academy.


Police Officer

Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures; current criminal codes and laws; community-based policing, familiarization between law enforcement and community residents, and collaborative problem-solving.   Effective interpersonal skills to resolve a wide variety of sensitive situations.  Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.  Demonstrated ability to think and act effectively in emergency and sensitive situations. Valid California driver’s license.


Ability to qualify for and satisfactorily meet the ongoing standards of the basic P.O.S.T. academy training.  Mental capacity, physical agility, and learning potential to perform all aspects of P.O.S.T. training and police work.  Valid California Driver’s license at the time of appointment.


Technical fluency with Oracle/PeopleSoft, CSU Common Management System or equivalent student information system; Microsoft Office Professional Suite, and Google mail and calendaring programs.  Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Vision Statement.


  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with CSUMB. This includes the ability to successfully pass a pre-employment medical examination, physical agility test, psychological examination, a thorough background check, which requires fingerprinting, and a drug test. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
  • 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.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to the Clery Compliance Officer all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.

This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

  • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property.
  • access to controlled or hazardous substances.
  • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access.
  • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive.  (Reference: CSU Policy 8065 – Information Security and CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards)
  • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death.


Various working environments including indoor, outdoor, inclement weather, and other adverse conditions.  Work may include rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays.  May be required to work on short notice.  May be required to travel.  Personal protective equipment is required including a police uniform, duty belt and weapon.


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14-paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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