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Police Officer Cadet

Apply now Job no: 533851
Work type: Staff
Location: Pomona
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Full Time, Safety

Type of Appointment: Full-time, Temporary (7 month appointment)

Job Classification: Police Officer Cadet 

Anticipated Hiring Rate: $3,576/monthly ($42,912 annually)

Work Hours: The work schedule varies based on operational needs. Shifts may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. 

Recruitment Closing Date: Open until filled

First Application Review Date: November 28, 2023




The University Police Department (UPD) is responsible for law enforcement, physical security, and emergency response at Cal Poly Pomona. The department is staffed by trained police officers, professional civilian staff and auxiliary personnel and is operational 24 hours-a-day, year-round. The peace officers of this department have statewide police authority, and are vested with the same law enforcement powers and responsibilities as the municipal police or sheriff's departments in any California community. The department serves as "first responder" for a broad range of crisis issues on the campus including medical aid calls, injuries and environmental emergencies. The department is responsible for response to all emergencies, crime reports and investigations on campus (except homicides and missing persons per the Kristin Smart Act). In addition, the department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to enhance the safety and security of the community and support the mission of the university. These responsibilities are carried out through a set of core values that reflect commitment to the highest standards of excellence and incorporate the community oriented policing philosophy. The University Police Department is part of the Administrative Affairs Division whose mission is to provide quality fiscal, human and facility services in support of the university community through partnerships and innovative solutions.




  • Participates in training which includes classroom instruction, and on-the-job training. Employee must meet all training requirements established by the Commission on Peace officer Standards and Training (POST) and Department policy.
  • Must satisfactorily complete the minimum "Functional Areas" as set forth in the California POST basic Course. These functional areas include, but are not limited to: Professional Orientation, Police Community Relations, Laws of Evidence, Communications, Vehicle Operations, Force and Weaponry, Patrol Procedures, Traffic, Criminal Investigation, Custody, Physical Fitness and Defensive Techniques.  

General Law Enforcement:

  •  Under close supervision, assists other police officers in the performance of their duties. This includes: Enforce local, county, and state laws. Employee investigates criminal and non-criminal occurrences, makes arrests, interviews witnesses, transports prisoners, and testifies in court proceedings as required. Patrols the campus and other property owned or operated by the University using various vehicular, foot, and stationary assignments. Investigates traffic collisions, enforces traffic laws, provides safety escorts, responds to radio calls accordingly, responds to emergencies as needed and performs other duties as assigned.  

Report Writing:

  • Writes reports to accurately describe events as they occur or as they are described to the employee. Includes drafting traffic collision sketches and crime scene diagrams as needed. May be required to generate reports on a computer.  

Community Interaction:

  • Builds rapport between professional/civilian employees, students, volunteers, staff, faculty and visitors by promoting public trust through ethical behavior and adherence to a set of core values as set forth by the Division of Administrative Affairs. Seeks opportunities to foster partnerships and build diverse teams within the university community. Supports the principles of community oriented policing.
  • Participation in public speaking as requested by superior officer e.g. address housing residents, conduct public tours, safety talks. Communicate with a multi-ethnic and diverse community.  



  • High school diploma or equivalent and eligibility to attend a certified P.O.S.T. basic training academy.
  • 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.
  • Police Officer Cadets in this classification must be or have:
    • Eligible to be a peace officer in the State of California.
    • Eligible to obtain a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate of Eligibility or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate in good standing.
    • Valid California drivers license.



  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act effectively in emergency and sensitive situations
  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency in the use of firearms, defensive tactics and emergency vehicle operation. A minimum firearms proficiency score must be maintained as a condition of employment
  • Ability to pass a medical, physiological and physical agility examination 




Out of State Work

The California State University (CSU) system is a network of twenty-three public universities providing access to a quality education through the support of California taxpayers. Part of CSU’s mission is to prepare educated, responsible individuals to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future. As an agency of the State of California, the CSU’s business operations almost exclusively reside within California.   The CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. For more information, go to


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Cal Poly Pomona will make a conditional offer of employment to final job candidates, pending the satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check). The conditional offer of employment may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. In determining the suitability of the candidate for the position, Cal Poly Pomona will give an individualized assessment to any information that the applicant submits for consideration regarding the criminal conviction history such as the nature, gravity and recency of the conviction, the candidate’s conduct, performance or rehabilitation efforts since the conviction and the nature of the job applied for. For more information, go to


Employment Eligibility Verification

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.  For more information, go to


Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) 

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. See policy at


Security & Fire Safety 

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Cal Poly Pomona’s Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report are available for viewing at: and


Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

As a federal contractor, Cal Poly Pomona will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  For more information, see the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision poster.


Reasonable Accommodation

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact the ADA Coordinator by email at For more information, go to Employment Notices.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Cal Poly Pomona is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce. The university subscribes to all state and federal regulations that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and veteran or military status.  We engage the talents of all qualified workers, regardless of their background. More information is available at Equal Employment Opportunity statement.


Other Notices

For other important employment notices, we invite you to visit Cal Poly Pomona’s Employment Notices web page.

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