University Police Officers are authorized per section 830.2 (c) of the California Penal Code and therefore may enforce laws and make arrests anywhere in the state. Our primary responsibility is to the SDSU campus and immediate surroundings, and officers generally work within a one-mile radius of campus. Police officers work one of two 3/12 shifts and are expected to patrol the campus by vehicle, motor, bicycle and on foot to protect university personnel and property against accidents, thefts, assault, and other crime-related problems.
Officers are first responders to all calls for service on campus including crimes in progress, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and quality of life issues. They are expected to utilize a wide range of community policing skills to address the unique needs of our community.
Officers provide preventative patrol; receive, process, and investigate complaints by citizens; respond to emergencies such as crimes, accidents, injuries, illness, and fires; protect persons and property through crime prevention; arrest offenders; appear in court; provide traffic control and enforcement; attend community meetings; perform miscellaneous services related to public health and safety; safeguard the custody and disposal of evidence and lost and found property.
In addition, officers typically work a variety of overtime assignments including NCAA Division I sporting events, concerts at Viejas Arena and the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, college and high school graduations, and dignitary security. In addition, officers regularly work with federal, state and local allied agencies in combined enforcement and special detail activities. We also enjoy a positive working relationship with the San Diego Police Department, with whom we share concurrent jurisdiction.
Eligible police officer candidates must be United States citizens or permanent resident aliens who have applied for U.S. citizenship. You must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. and a valid California driver’s license.
All applicants must pass a panel interview, a physical agility exam, comprehensive physical exam including drug testing, a psychological evaluation, polygraph exam, and a thorough background investigation.
Entry level applicants must also be 21 years of age by date of graduation from a California POST certified academy and must pass a written test measuring reading and writing abilities.