Police Cadet/Police Officer (Lateral/Police Academy Graduate)

Monterey, CA
California State University, Monterey Bay


Under the general supervision of Associate Vice President for Public Safety/Chief of Police, and with daily oversight by the Deputy Chief of Police, the Police Officer routinely works an assigned shift and performs patrol duties on foot, bicycle or by vehicle to protect students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, property, and facilities against accidents, bodily harm, fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry; enforces laws and traffic regulations; apprehends violators; provides general information and assistance to the public, conducts investigations, and is responsible for the protection of life and property within the jurisdiction of the California State University, Monterey Bay.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

Police Officer

  • Patrols the Campus and adjacent area on foot, bicycle, or by vehicle and answers calls to protect persons, property and facilities.
  • Performs crime prevention assignments, enforces laws, traffic regulations and safety regulations on the campus and adjacent areas; apprehends or arrests violators.
  • Investigates criminal activity and creates clear, concise reports.
  • Provides security for large gatherings of faculty, staff, students or visitors to the campus; may be responsible for conducting investigations related to assigned cases and investigating and recording irregularities which occur during the assigned shift; takes the necessary action within the limits of prescribed policies and procedures to correct the situation or, if necessary, contacts the appropriate authorities for guidance and assistance.
  • Performs other duties; which enhance the safety of the campus community, such as providing assistance to Public Safety/Police support staff.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness and other safety programs as assigned.
  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


The Cadet is a non-sworn officer in a trainee capacity. Incumbents attend a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified academy to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume a position as a sworn police officer. Upon successful completion of the required P.O.S.T. training within the required timeframe and the discretion of management, the police officer cadet is appointed to the classification of police officer. Under close supervision, the Cadet attends the prescribed training sessions to learn the principles, practices, and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement and codified and case law; and receives training in report writing, physical fitness techniques, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques.


High school diploma or equivalent. Successful completion of a P.O.S.T. certified program, including obtaining a Basic Course Certificate.

  • Must have no felony convictions
  • Must have no misdemeanor convictions containing elements of domestic violence
  • Must successfully complete fingerprint and records check including local, state and federal criminal records
  • Must satisfy citizenship requirements detailed in Government Code 1031 (a) and 1031.5 Be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship and obtains citizenship within three years of applicate date
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment
  • Must have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation which will be conducted as prescribed in the P.O.S.T. Administrative Manual, and must be completed prior to the appointment date
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional, and mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of powers of a police officer
  • Must be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a police officer as determined by the use of the P.O.S.T. Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or other job-related tests of reading and writing ability

License and Certification Requirements

Peace Officers must have:

  • Eligible to be a peace officer in the State of California
  • Possess a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate Eligibility or a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate in good standing
  • Valid California driver’s license