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Company: University of California
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


UCSC Statement

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 7/10/2020

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

Dept Marketing Statement

The Police Trainee is the non-sworn entry training classification in to the University of California Police Department. Applicants selected as Police Trainees must successfully complete a CA-POST Basic Police Academy sponsored by the department. The Basic Police Academy is an intensive 888-hour, full-time course, which last approximately six months.  The full-time intensive Academy requires a strong commitment by the recruit and their families. 

During training, incumbents do not have police powers and are subject to all the policies and procedures of the University of California, the University of California Police Department and the police academy attended. Trainees may be assigned non-safety duties in the Police Department such as assisting in prevention, collecting information and data and transporting people and materials.

Upon successful completion of the academy, Police Trainees will be eligible to fill vacant Police Officer positions (TC: 5323). Promotion to a sworn Police Officer position is contingent upon successful completion of the basic academy and the final review of the Police Chief. 

Upon promotion to Police Officer, the selected incumbent must successfully complete a Field Training Program (FTP) and a probationary period of no less than 12 months.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Information:  $35.34/hourly
No. of Positions: 2
Benefits Level Eligibility: Mid-level Benefits
Schedule Information: 
100% weekly
40 hours weekly
Mon-Fri, Saturday & Sunday
Employee Classification: Limited 
Job End Date: 6 months from date of hire
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: non-represented

Job Duties

Under direct supervision, enroll and attend an approved Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) basic police academy to be trained in the technical knowledge, skills and physical capabilities required to perform police service.

Read and follow the UCSC Principles of Community.

Demonstrate a commitment to professional ethics and integrity.

Facilitate clear and positive communications between department members, other public safety entities, and the community. 

Abide by Department General Orders, directives, procedures, and requirements.  

Abide by UC Santa Cruz policy and procedures.

Abide by University of California policy and procedures.

Comply with the university and/or department discrimination and harassment policy.

Maintain departmental standards as outlined by the Chief of Police or designee.

Required Qualifications
  • Understand, interpret and apply State and local laws and regulations, departmental policies and procedures, and other technical literature pertaining to law enforcement. 
  • React quickly and calmly in emergency or hazardous situations and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Observe and remember facts and details of incidents.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Learn to operate firearms safely and skillfully. 
  • Obtain information through interview, interrogation and observation.
  • Write clear and accurate reports on a computer using a basic word processing program.
  • Adapt to changing police processes utilizing computer technology.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate verbally in a clear and effective manner.
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with a wide range of different individuals and groups from the community.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Knowledge of current police practices, protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the workings of the California criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws applicable to the police function generally, and to the University of California police function specifically.

Special Conditions

At least 21 years of age by the date of the academy graduation.
U.S. citizen 

Education and Experience
Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED (score of 40 or higher on individual sub-tests and a total score of 225 or higher)

Must possess a valid Class C California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record

Physical Condition
Physical health, strength, and agility necessary to meet the physical demands of police work as determined by physical ability testing and medical screening.
Must have vision of 20/100 correctable to 20/30, with normal color vision 
Body weight must be proportional to height

Special Requirements
Must pass background investigation to ensure applicant is of good moral character [GC 1031(d)] and free of any physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer [GC§1031(f)] so that nothing in his/her background is inconsistent with performing peace officer duties. The background investigation is also conducted to ensure that the applicant meets the minimum selection requirements of Commission Regulation 1953 and Government Code Section 1031. Applicant will be subjected to an identity/fingerprint check and criminal history check; Felony convictions or certain misdemeanor convictions that are disqualifying per CA GC sections 1029, 1030, 1031 (c), California Penal Code section 29805, and 18 USC 922 (d) (9);  physical ability testing, drug screening, medical screening, psychological testing, treadmill stress test, and may be subject to a deception detection examination such as a polygraph or voice stress test, and/or a pre-offer personality test.

Must pass comprehensive medical and psychological pre-placement examinations as established by the University, state and federal law for Police Officers 

Required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA; required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here:  

This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA); required to report crimes, incidents, and disciplinary referral statistics as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)).

UCSC is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UCSC owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Must be willing to work rotating shifts including nights and weekends.

Safety Statement

All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.

How to Apply

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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