Police Officer


University of California Riverside

Position Purpose

The primary mission of the University of California Police is the protection of life and property on University property. The primary goal of the department is to accomplish its mission in a manner which enhances and supports the University's ability to deliver quality higher education and research opportunities in a peaceful environment.

To provide guidance for officers tasked with accomplishing the stated mission within department policies and procedures, and as defined within their assigned responsibilities and duties.

Individual responsibilities of officers are described in the Universitywide Police Policies and Procedures manual and local UC Riverside Police Policy manual.


Minimum Requirements

U.S. citizenship 

21 years of age or older 

U.S. High school diploma; GED certificate; high school equivalency certificate; or a two (2) year, four (4) year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved college/university 

Vision no less than 20/100, correctable to at least 20/30 in both eyes; normal color vision (an exception for contact lenses is available) 

No hearing impairment 

Ability to successfully complete the minimum POST physical agility requirements 

No felony convictions (pursuant to Government Code 1029) 

Possession of a valid, class "C" California driver's license with a prudent driving record, as evidenced by DMV report 

Successful completion of oral interview(s); extensive background investigation: medical and psychological examinations 

Ability and willingness to work in an environment which demands high police officer integrity and accountability, personal involvement in the community as a problem solving resource and the ability to be a friendly outgoing, caring and approachable person 

Ability and willingness to work rotation shifts with changing days off, in a twenty-four, seven-day operation. Ability to meet the rigorous mental and physical requirements of police work, and work effectively under pressure in potentially hazardous or ambiguous situations 

Ability and willingness to work with allied law enforcement agencies in a task force cooperative Community Policing venture 

Strong oral and written communication skills 

Basic computer proficiency



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Preferred Qualification

Current or recent University of California affiliation as a student or staff member 

Graduation from a POST approved police academy or employment as a peace officer by a law enforcement agency as defined in Penal Code section 803.1 or 803.2 (subsection a-d) within two years of date of appointment 

Knowledge and understanding of current police practices, protocols and procedures 

Knowledge and understanding of the workings of the California criminal justice system 

Knowledge and understanding of local, state and federal laws applicable to the police function generally, and to the University of California police function specifically