Police Officer

Sonoma, CA
Sonoma State University

Salary: $6,840 to $7,319.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief of Police or designee, taking lead work direction from other sworn administrators or a supervisor, and under general supervision of the Patrol Sergeant and/or shift supervisor, the Police Officer patrols and enforces Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances; conducts criminal investigations and writes complex criminal and civil reports; maintains a high degree of independence, initiative, and interaction with all factions of the University community and general public; testifies in court; incorporates 21st Century and Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving methodologies; must integrate professional knowledge and law enforcement service with the culture of the diverse educational environment to accomplish department and university objectives and goals; and performs related work as required.


  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must meet the POST minimum requirements for eligibility to be a police officer, which includes being at least 21 years old.
  • 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 application date.
  • Successful completed of an approved California Basic Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy, including obtaining a Basic Course Certificate, or re-certification course within the three years preceding hire date.
  • Successful completion of an oral interview, written examination, physical agility test, pass all background requirements mandated by P.O.S.T., psychological examination, potential polygraph or similar examination, and medical exams which include drug screening, and must possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.
  • The incumbent must participate in, and successfully complete a Field training program and successfully pass a one-year probationary period.
  • The incumbent must meet and maintain compliance with state and federal law (e.g. Clery Act, CANRA, etc.), and California POST regulations and certifications for peace officers.
  • The incumbent must participate in the California DMV Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program.
  • The incumbent must be self-motivated with experience working independently, and as a member of team.
  • The incumbent must possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.
  • In addition to the minimum POST required standards, candidates may be subjected to additional standards established by the Department (Penal Code § 13510(d)).

Preferred Requirements:

  • A BS/BA degree and law enforcement experience in a college or university setting.
  • Knowledge of Google Suite, technology often used by law enforcement, and PeopleSoft.