Police Officer Cadet, Non-Represented

Sonoma, CA
Sonoma State University
Salary: $-$

Appointment Type: Temporary

Time Base: Full-Time

Closing Date: Open until filled


About Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University, located 48 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University. Sonoma State University is a liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students and 530 full-time and part-time faculty. Our beautiful campus is located in Rohnert Park, at the foot of the Sonoma hills in the Wine Country.

Department Name: Police and Safety Services

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis every Friday until the position is filled.


Reporting to the Police Lieutenant and taking lead work direction from the Chief of Police/Senior Director for Police and Safety Services, Police Lieutenant, other sworn administrator or training academy staff, the Police Officer Cadet is a non-sworn individual who has not completed a P.O.S.T. academy or received a Basic Course Completion Certificate. The primary responsibility of the Cadet is to attend the prescribed training. Upon successful completion of the training in the required time frame and based on a review by management, the Cadet is appointed to the Police Officer classification in a probationary capacity.

Major Duties:

  • Attend a P.O.S.T. certified academy as a non-sworn cadet to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to assume the position as a sworn police officer.
  • Attend the prescribed training sessions to learn the principles, practices and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement and codified and case law. The cadet also receives training in report writing, physical fitness techniques, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques.
  • Under close supervision, the Cadet may assist other police officers in the performance of their duties.

Secondary Duties:

  • Under close supervision, may also be assigned duties to patrol campus buildings and grounds by foot or by vehicle, control crowds during assemblies or disturbances, guard university property.
  • May assist in investigations, collection of evidence and preparation of reports on accidents, property damage, fires, and law violations.
  • May include enforcing parking regulations and issuing traffic situations; administering first aid to injured persons; guarding or transporting cash; and performing other related secondary duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • May require long hours of sitting and standing in a classroom setting and irregular working assignments, which include working nights, weekends, holidays, rotating shifts and occasional callbacks, including the University's commencement day, which is regularly scheduled in May.
  • Some overtime may be required to meet operational needs.
  • Requires physical exercise and completion of police tactical movements to take place mostly in a field setting located in and about the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Training Center and Sonoma State University campus, and the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, run, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, kneel, and lift weights including dragging 165 lb dummy 25 feet.
  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator or training academy staff.
  • The typical schedule for this position is 7 am to 4 pm, with some night and weekend training required. Appointment to this classification is temporary in nature and typically does not exceed seven months.


  • High School diploma or equivalent, and eligibility to attend a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training basic training academy.
  • Successful completion of physical agility test, oral interviews, written examination, comprehensive background investigation, physical examination, psychological examination, and drug screening.
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • College level education and/or law enforcement experience in a college or university environment is preferred.
  • Ability to qualify for and satisfactory meet the ongoing standards of the basic P.O.S.T eligibility requirements and academy training.
  • Mental capacity, physical agility and learning potential to perform all aspects of P.O.S.T training and police work.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced, professional environment, both independently and as a team member, while maintaining excellent customer service and interpersonal skills are also required.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with the campus community.
  • Demonstrate ability to learn and respond effectively in emergency and sensitive situations and make sound judgements.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to resolve a wide variety of sensitive situations.
  • Ability to operate in an environment that requires discretion and maintenance of confidentiality. Incumbent must be able to take initiative and in developing and improving skills; demonstrate reliable work history, dependability, integrity, good observation skills, and professional bearing; be able to enjoy working with people; and possess credibility as a witness in a court of law.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to confront problems.
  • Intermediate computer proficiency using related programs like Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, and email software. Ability to learn office and law enforcement technology systems.
  • Ability to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply campus rules and regulations related to work performed.