Campus Police Officer

Cuesta College


Job Description Summary
About the College
Cuesta College is located in the heart of scenic San Luis Obispo County, and is ranked by as a top five California community college for 2016. Cuesta College has a rich history of educating San Luis Obispo County residents since 1963. Cuesta College serves more than 10,000 students with an increasingly diverse student body of 55% White, 32% Latinx, 5% Mixed Race, 3% Asian/PI, 2% African-American. Courses are offered online and at three physical sites; the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande. Cuesta College offers 77 degrees and 64 certificates, including 30 Associate Degrees for Transfers to the Cal State University system with several more transfer degrees under development. The college maintains the highest transfer population to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. More than 25% of the universities transfer students come from Cuesta College; that’s twice as many as any other community college. The college also boasts robust Allied Health and Career Technical Education programs and consistently sends students to compete at the national level in areas such as welding, automotive, public speaking, and more. The college’s music ensembles are often in the spotlight, winning an award recently from Downbeat magazine and regularly performing at state, national, and international festivals. In addition, Cuesta’s theatre program consistently wins national and international awards from the Kennedy Center.

Cuesta College is committed to being an inclusive institution that inspires a diverse student population to achieve their educational goals. In 2016, it was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI), reflecting the great responsibility that the college has to further the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community. The Cuesta Promise Scholarship has provided a fee-free first year to every new high school graduate in San Luis Obispo County. Starting with the graduating class of 2018, the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship expanded to include a second year of fee-free education. Over 3,000 students have received the Cuesta Promise with over 35% being Latinx and almost 60% being female. In 2018, Cuesta College was also the only California Community College awarded a $2.5 million Title V “Developing HSI Grant” from the US Department of Education to expand educational and vocational opportunities for Latinx students. Cuesta is committed to the Board of Governors California Community College Vision for Success Goals, including eliminating equity gaps within 10 years. The College’s Educational Master Plan, Strategic Plan, and Student Equity/Student Success and Support/Basic Skills Integration Plan collectively seek to ensure all students are successful at fulfilling their educational needs.

Cuesta College has strong student, faculty, and staff campus engagement including affiliations with the statewide Latina Leadership Network, Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, MEChA, Student Veterans Club, STEM Club, and Dreamers Club.
Cuesta College has 139 full-time faculty, 543 adjunct faculty, 234 classified staff, and 41 managers and administrators. The college encourages all employees to be part of the participatory governance process. The College’s annual budget is approximately $53 million. Thanks to a $275 million bond measure approved by the voters of San Luis Obispo County in 2014, Cuesta College is repairing aging facilities, updating classrooms, equipment, and technology, and improving programs. Our growing North County Campus opened a new Campus Center in Spring of 2018 and houses a new Veterans Center, EOPS Center/CalWorks/Foster Youth Center, Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS) office and Student Cultural Lounge. Cuesta will be opening a Dream Center to support undocumented students on both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses in Spring of 2019.

About the Department
The Cuesta College Police Department is comprised of 7 sworn officers including a Chief of Police, Police Sergeant, Senior Officer, and 4 Campus Police Officers. Others in the department include 2 police dispatchers, support and technical staff, and several student public safety officers. The department is responsible for all law enforcement and public safety services for Cuesta College district properties.

The department maintains campus police offices and full-time staff at the San Luis Obispo campus and the North County campus in Paso Robles. Due to measure L bond construction, the North County campus police office was relocated into a new facility inside the Campus Center as of 2018. The department also operates a modern fleet of marked police vehicles, purchased in 2017, along with the availability of bicycle patrol and inner-campus patrol on foot and using electric utility vehicles. The department enjoys an outstanding reputation with staff, faculty, and students for approachable, community-focused policing, and participates in many community outreach events both on and off campus throughout the year.

The Cuesta College Police Department is a state certified police department and adheres to the standards for the selection and training of Peace Officers as established by the State of California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. (POST). As such, the department offers training opportunities several times annually utilizing state, county, and local instructors to include firearms proficiency, arrest and control tactics, pursuit driving, active shooter response, crisis intervention, and trauma response, among many others. The department’s vision is to be the model of a progressive, safety focused, and professionally trained college law enforcement agency for the central coast community.

Under general supervision of the Director of Public Safety/Campus Police Chief, perform law enforcement and crime prevention work on the District properties, grounds and facilities. Enforce rules and regulations governing parking, the use of College buildings and grounds; transport and deposit funds; may assign and oversee hourly and student security officers; and perform other related work as required.

The Campus Police Officer class is distinguished from other classes of employment in that incumbents are responsible for law enforcement activities, including the transport and deposit of District funds. Eligibility for this class includes possession of a basic P.O.S.T Certificate or ability to complete P.O.S.T. re-certification, lateral transfer, or graduation from basic police academy and successful completion of physical performance test, background investigation, psychological testing, and medical examination.

Essential Functions & Qualifications

Protect District property and facilities by making inspections on foot, by bicycle, and in a patrol vehicle. Enforce state and county laws. Check buildings for physical safety and security. Inspect and monitors the security of doors, windows and gates. Address any unusual or suspicious activity;
Report fires or other dangers involving loss or damage;
Prevent entry and responds to presence of unauthorized persons on grounds or in buildings. Investigate situations and disturbances as needed. Issue warnings or makes arrests as needed. Document incidents relating to observed violations;
Respond to complaints and hazardous situations. Conduct investigations of reported injuries and accidents. Respond to incidents putting students, staff and the general public at risk or harm;
Report potential safety problems and/or need for repair;
Respond to emergency medical needs;
Issue illegal parking and vehicle code citations;
Check scheduled meeting rooms to insure that facilities are being used by authorized persons, and that meeting(s) are under control;
Transport and deposit District funds;
May serve as liaison between the College and local police and fire departments;
May train, oversee, and assist in the evaluation of short-term and non-sworn Public Safety Officers;
Compose clear and concise written reports and records;
Communicate effectively orally and in writing; and
Perform other related duties as required.

Equivalent to graduation from the 12 grade;
Associate degree with a major in Criminal Justice or a closely related field preferred.

Experience in educational or municipal law enforcement work; such as an officer with city, county, college, or other local government police agencies.

Knowledge of:
Law enforcement methods, security methods, crowd control techniques, and investigative procedures;
Federal, state, local, and district laws, rules and regulations, including laws of arrest, legal rights of citizens, court procedures and rules of evidence;
Computer programs necessary for record keeping and databases; and
Correct English usage: grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation.

Ability to:
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the performance of duties; and
Demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students and of staff and students with physical and learning disabilities.

Physical ability to:
Read and comprehend printed matter and text and data on computer monitors;
Communicate intelligibly and effectively visa speech, telephone, written correspondence; and/or email;
Work indoors and/or out-of-doors in varying environmental conditions;
Sit or stand for extended periods of time;
Stoop, lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds;
Sufficient visual acuity to accurately observe and report activities and situations; and
Exert manual dexterity sufficient for keyboard and other office equipment operation.

License and Certificate requirements:
Valid California Drivers’ License;
Possession of Basic P.O.S.T. certificate or graduation from Basic Academy with ability to apply for Basic P.O.S.T. certificate;
Basic First Aid and CPR certificates.
Additional Information
Some available stipends we offer are: Bilingual, EMT, and night shift differential.

Required Documents: Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, reference list, CPR certification, First Aid certification and P.O.S.T certification when applying for this position. Your reference list must include three professional references, their contact information and their relationship to you. As the “Other” document requirement – please upload a copy of your P.O.S.T certification or your Basic Academy certification. If you are currently in a law enforcement academy, you must submit a letter from the academy stating your current status and anticipated gradation date.

When uploading documents, PDF uploads are preferred.

Completed online applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by the closing date for this position. LATE, INCOMPLETE, FAXED, MAILED OR EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

San Luis Obispo County Community College District (“Cuesta College”) is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy (including pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), age, disability (physical and mental), genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal and state law in admission and access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities at any of its campuses. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Cuesta College also prohibits harassment on any of these bases, including sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

In compliance with California law, all prospective staff and students are entitled to read the Annual Security Report, published each October by the Cuesta College Department of Public Safety. This report contains information about our emergency and crime reporting procedures, as well as crime statistics for the past 3 years. You may request a copy of this report at one of our two Public Safety Offices: on SLO campus at Building 6600A or on North County Campus at building N1021, during campus business hours. You may also access the complete text of this report at the following website address:

Interview Process Information
Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and skills test on November 14, 2018 or November 15, 2018.
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