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California State University, Bakersfield
  • Position Number: 3612058
  • Location: Bakersfield, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police
CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Police Officer - Lateral


FT/PT: Full-Time

PAY PLAN: 12-month

SALARY RANGE: Anticipated hiring range $5,689 - $6,236

PAY BASIS: Monthly

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY: Open to all qualified applicants

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT: This position will remain open until filled.

POLICE OFFICER BENEFITS: Excellent Health, Dental & Vision benefits PERS Peace Officer Retirement, 2.5% at 57 Employee contribution 10.5% Pay incentives for P.O.S.T. Intermediate and Advanced Certificates 14 paid holidays (includes 1 personal holiday) Tuition fee waiver for employees and dependents Pay incentives for special assignments Annual Uniform Allowance.

CSU 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 CSU Vaccination Policy [] and questions may be sent to

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Under general supervision, patrol university property and grounds by foot, vehicle or bicycle, crowd control during major events; investigate and prepare reports on crimes, traffic and injury accidents, fires, and thefts; gather evidence, make arrests, and appear in court as necessary; enforce state, local and university laws, and ordinances; enforce the vehicle code and issue citations; administer first aid; and other law enforcement duties as assigned.


All applicants must, at a minimum possess a Basic POST Certificate. Correctional Officer certification does not qualify.
To have been awarded a Basic Certificate you must have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite Basic Course requirement and an employing agency's probationary period.
Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures.
Working knowledge of current criminal codes and laws.
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.

Special Requirements:
Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to submitting an application for this position.
Be at least 21 years of age at time of appointment.
Possess a valid California Driver's License.
Be fingerprinted.
Not have domestic violence or felony convictions.
Be of good moral character.
Be a high school graduate or have passed the G.E.D. test as required by P.O.S.T.
Be able to read and write at the level necessary to perform the job of a Police Officer as determined by job related examinations.
Be able to work shifts including weekends, holidays, and late evening/early morning shifts.

Testing Requirements: Those applicants meeting the basic criteria will be invited to participate in the physical agility examination. Those applicants who successfully complete the physical agility exam will then be scheduled for the oral interview. Applicants must pass each phase of the testing process, physical agility, and interview to be deemed eligible for employment consideration. The physical agility test is scored on a pass-fail basis with the eligibility ranking being established solely on the basis of the interview before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, interest, and suitability.

Applicants under consideration for employment must undergo an extensive and thorough background investigation, including credit report and pass a medical examination including drug screening and psychological examination. The required Physical Agility Test consists of the following four components:

1. 99-yard Obstacle Course: The candidate will run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34-inch-high obstacle that must be vaulted.
2. Body Drag: The candidate will lift and drag a 165-pound lifelike dummy for 32 feet.
3. Solid & Chain Link Fence Climb: The candidate will run 5 yards to a 6-foot fence, climb over the fence, and continue running another 25 yards.
4. 500-Yard Run: Run 500 yards (equivalent to one lap plus 60-yards of a standard running track).

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: MEDIUM WORK – up to 40% of the activities involve sitting, standing, squatting, kneeling, or walking; lifting heavy weight objects limited to 50 pounds; may involve pushing and pulling objects within the weight limits.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Is exposed to excessive noise, Is around moving machinery, Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, Is exposed to dust, fumes, gases, or radiation, microwave , Drives motorized equipment


SCREENING: Only those applicants possessing experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and interest in the position.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SENSITIVE POSITION: Sensitive positions are designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of the people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSU or individuals in the university community.

MANDATED REPORTER: General: The person holding this position is considered a general 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION: It is the policy of California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to present documentation verifying their right to accept employment. You will also be requested to present a social security card at the time of initial appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.

EEO STATEMENT: California State University, Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability or covered veteran status.

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