University Police Sergeant

Job Description

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

University Police Sergeant

Regular / Temporary

University Police

College / Division
Administration and Finance

Salary Range
$5,236 – $7,210 per month

Pay Basis

Pay Plan

Position Description

Under the direction of the Police Commander, the Sergeant is responsible for the supervision of an assigned shift of officers and support personnel. They are responsible for a wide variety of related general law enforcement duties involving the prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, maintain human rights, promote individual responsibility and community commitment through a strong police/community partnership, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances within the jurisdiciton of the University Police Department. Assists Chief and Commander by supporting the Department’s goals and objectives and other related work assignments.

This classification is the highest level in the Police Series and is a first line supervisory classification, requiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of law enforcement methods and procedures, criminal codes and laws, and investigative techniques and procedures. Work assignments include primary supervisory responsibility for a shift, program, unit or task force, and general law enforcement and specialized work assignments performed by other positions in this series.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent and graduation from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy and a Basic Course Certificate. Three or more years of active law enforcement experience, including individual patrol experience as a police officer. Must satisfy or be able to qualify for California on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.).
  • Completion of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Course is desirable or must be completed within one year of appointment

    The following are minimum qualifications for the Sergeant at the time of appointment:

  • Must be fingerprinted and undergo a background check.
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate and completion of a basic P.O.S.T. academy and a Basic Course certificate.
  • Must meet the requirements of pre-employment physical examination and drug test.
  • Must pass a physical agility examination.
  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or be a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (Government Code Section 1031(a)).
  • Must be able to learn quickly and apply specific University rules and regulations; must be able to prepare clear and concise reports; must be able to relate to and be able to gain the confidence and cooperation from members of the campus community; must be able to deal tactfully and effectively with a wide range of people; must be able to act calmly and rationally in emergency situations.

    Required Qualifications / Specialized Skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of current law enforcement theory, principles and practices, current criminal codes and laws, and effective investigative techniques and procedures.
  • General knowledge of the pertinent laws and appropriate sections of the California Administrative and Education Code, California Penal Code, California Vehicle Code, and California Evidence Code.
  • Assume command in the absence of Commander or higher-ranking police personnel and delegate responsibility.
  • Communicate clear and concise instructions and coordinate the work of subordinates.
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by applying Department policies and ethics.
  • Recognize and effectively work with the diverse population of a university campus.
  • Enforce University and Department policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Exercise independent discretion and judgment in performing assigned work, implement goals and standards for the work group.
  • Must be honest and ethical.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

    Ability to:

  • Work independently and make sound judgments.
  • Provide effective leadership and supervision.
  • Supervise, organize, and review the work of lower level staff.
  • Think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
  • Maintain a calm, rational, courteous and objective attitude in all situations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; make decisions under stress.
  • Recommend changes to current department policy.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.
  • Apply knowledge and experience to draw accurate conclusions; understand implications of policies and procedures.
  • Plan work under general direction, meet deadlines, set priorities, and keep supervisors informed of work status.
  • Provide on-the-job training to employees, perform the duties of a Field Training Officer, provide public presentations and workshops in support of department programs and develop lesson plans and training for community groups.
  • Must demonstrate skills and/or abilities in leadership, human relations, job knowledge, judgment and decision making, planning and organizing, community relations, and police ethics.
  • Proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheets and department database programs.
  • Ability to present, describe, summarize and derive the correct meaning of oral information using clear, concise and appropriate language in an organized manner.
  • Apply knowledge and logic to solve problems, make decisions, and set priorities.
  • Retain and recall important details and facts.
  • Direct emergency operations efficiently and effectively.
  • Foster teamwork / motivate personnel toward achieving the Department’s Mission.

    Preferred Qualifications / Skills

  • Five years individual patrol experience as a police officer.
  • Possess an intermediate P.O.S.T. certificate.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to Cal Poly vision statement and the core values of learn by doing.
  • Knowledge of issues creating the potential for department liability.
  • Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services.
  • Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a community-oriented-policing and service-centered attitude.

    Special Conditions

  • Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
  • 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.
  • Must maintain P.O.S.T. physical standard, including mobility and physical strength and stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects, lift and push or pull individuals or objects weighing up to 100 pounds.
  • Have the ability to work in a standard office setting, in the field, and to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Possess vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, discern colors and work in a night setting.
  • Possess hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups and over the phone and radio.
  • Occasionally be exposed to high level noises including but not limited to emergency vehicle sirens, gun fire, shouting and yelling.
  • Be able to work inside and outside.
  • Must be willing to work overtime, extended shifts, evening, night, weekend and holiday shifts;
  • May be called back in emergency situations with exposure to difficult circumstances, including exposure to dangerous situations and all weather conditions.
  • May travel to extended campus sites and sites outside of the campus.
  • This position classification has been defined as non-exempt and is subject to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

    Pre-Employment Conditions
    Background / Fingerprint
    Medical Exam
    Drug Test

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    About Us
    Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California’s scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.

    At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

    Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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