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Cerritos College
  • Position Number: 3196109
  • Location: Norwalk, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Campus Police Officer

Salary: $67,183.68 - $81,001.80 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: Campus Police-22
Closing: 8/1/2022 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Norwalk, CA
Department: Campus Police-22
Division: Campus Police


College Profile
Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education. Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

Department Profile
The Cerritos College Police Department (CCPD) is a full-service police agency, sworn to protect and support the students and staff of Cerritos College. We are comprised of 11 full-time police officers, 2 command officers, 3 full-time dispatchers, and a host of college cadets who patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

CCPD strives to be a campus-wide integrated police department, with dedicated officers and staff invested and involved in student groups and support services throughout the college. CCPD strongly supports the values of diversity, equality and inclusion. Regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, documentation status, or religious belief, we are dedicated to support and protect all our students and staff without discrimination or bias. We pledge to serve our entire college community with dignity, honor and respect. We value our diversity and we believe it is our diversity that makes us strong.

Performs proactive security, intervention, law enforcement, and public information duties that provide a safe environment for students, staff, and the public while on campus properties. Protects District property by carrying out proactive programs and traditional law enforcement procedures. Enforces California Vehicle Code, State Penal Code, Education code and District regulations.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Campus Police Officer provides for campus safety and security. Incumbents are fully competent to perform all of the duties of the position and have California P.O.S.T. Basic certification as well as, having met P.O.S.T. physical, psychological, and background standards.

Job Duties

  • Patrols campus grounds to preserve law and order. Ensures the safety of students, staff, visitors, and facilities.
  • Upholds high standards of behavior, safety, judgment, sensitivity to the cultural diversity of the college community and compliance with laws, regulations, Board policies, and administrative procedures.
  • Enhances day-to-day public relations by providing information and assistance to students, staff, and the public in a way that establishes and maintains rapport with the school/student community. Solicits input from the campus community regarding perceived problems and issues.
  • Anticipates and intervenes in potential and actual incidents where persons and or property may be at risk of harm or damage.
  • Protects District property and facilities by making inspections on foot, by bicycle, and in a patrol vehicle. Checks buildings for physical safety and security. Inspects and monitors the security of doors, windows and gates. Addresses any unusual or suspicious activity.
  • Prevents entry and responds to presence of unauthorized persons on grounds or in buildings. Investigates situations and disturbances as needed. Issues warnings or makes arrests as needed. Documents incidents relating to observed violations.
  • Responds to complaints and hazardous situations. Conducts investigations of reported injuries and accidents. Responds to incidents putting students, staff, and the general public at risk or harm.
  • Conducts investigations involving incidents such as criminal violations, personal injury, traffic accidents, property damage, and theft. Gathers evidence, interviews victims, witnesses and suspects, and completes necessary paperwork. May testify and present evidence in court.
  • Provides policing at campus and other school site functions as required. Opens and closes buildings and rooms for meetings.
  • Directs traffic and controls parking and safe movement of vehicles in parking areas. Issues parking and moving violation citations. Impounds and/or stores vehicles when appropriate.
  • Detects and reports fire hazards. Extinguishes small blazes and reports fires to the local Fire Department using established emergency communications protocols. Responds to fire and burglar alarms. Summons fire department personnel as needed. Directs traffic at fire, special events and other congested situations.
  • Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
  • Assures proper functioning of equipment. Notifies designated personnel regarding impaired equipment and malfunctions.
  • Answers accurately questions from students, staff and the public concerning local and State laws, procedures and activities of the department. Provides accurate information and responds to questions from students, staff, and the public.
  • Maintains currency of knowledge and skills relating to the duties and responsibilities, including training requirements for California P.O.S.T. Basic certification purposes.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Requires a High School diploma or equivalent, supplemented by successful completion of the Basic Police Academy in California. Requires a valid California Driver's License. Requires proof of successfully completing a California P.O.S.T. certified police academy. Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, or must receive the certificate after successful completion of the probationary period. Requires current First Aid and CPR cards within three months after employment and the ability to keep them current.

Transcripts and Foreign Degrees:
It is the applicant's responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position.
A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The web address is
All qualifying educational degrees/training must be from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.

Supplemental Information
Knowledge and Skills:
The position requires a working knowledge of the methods and practices and procedures of effective law enforcement including those used in patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation, and identification. Requires in-depth knowledge of the pertinent Federal, State, local and District laws and ordinances including applicable sections of the California Penal code, Education code, Motor Vehicle code, Health and Safety Code, Business and Professions Code, and laws related to the area of responsibility. Requires a thorough understanding of criminal law and criminal procedures with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the seizure and preservation of evidence. Requires understanding of and skill at applying basic interviewing techniques, vehicle operations and safe driving practices, standard broadcasting procedures using a police radio system, and crowd, vehicle and pedestrian control. Requires sufficient math skills to record distances, numbers, and times. Requires sufficient writing skills to prepare incident reports. Requires sufficient human relation skills to resolve confrontation, affect behavior of others, and convey a positive image of the District.

Must be able to utilize all of the tools and equipment of the position in a safe and responsible manner. Must be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine and take effective action. Must be able to use appropriate defense measures to protect self or others in adverse situations. Requires the ability to meet standards of physical stature, endurance and agility established by the District. Must be able to maintain two-way radio communication with local police authorities, District central dispatch, and site administrators. Must be able to administer first aid in emergency situations. Requires the ability to communicate effectively with students in a culturally diverse environment and to interact both formally and informally with District staff, outside agency personnel, and the general public. Requires the ability to maintain productive and cooperative working relationships.

Physical Abilities:
Incumbent must be able to work inside and outdoors engaged in work primarily of an active nature, and in addition to or concurrently with meeting California P.O.S.T. physical suitability requirements. Requires the ability to maintain cardiovascular fitness in order to run, for the purpose of apprehending fleeing suspects, to accomplish crowd control, and to function well under stressful conditions. Requires near and far visual acuity to observe campus activity and read reports and written instructions. Requires hearing for ordinary conversation and to hear other sounds in order to respond to normal and emergency situations. Requires ambulatory ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, physical strength to carry up to 150 pounds on an occasional basis, and agility to respond to emergency situations.

Licenses and Certificates:
Requires a valid California Driver's License. Requires possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, or must receive the certificate after successful completion of the probationary period. Requires current First Aid and CPR cards within three months after employment and the ability to keep them current.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed indoors and outdoors where safety and health considerations exist from temperature extremes, physical effort, and dangerous incidents.

Conditions of Employment:
This is a full-time, 12-calendar month classified position.
Hours: 40-hour workweek. Specific days and hours of assignment determined based on District needs.
Initial placement of employees on Classified Salary schedule is at Step 1. After six months of successful probationary employment, employee is placed at Step 2. The probationary employment period for this position is 12 months.
Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.
Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints, Federal Bureau of Investigation (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station), produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.
Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.
**Please note - the District does not provide for immigration sponsorships such as H1B Visas

Application Procedures:
Application materials must be submitted by the closing date.
Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview

Required Documents:
California P.O.S.T. certified police academy Certificate
Cover Letter
Copy of Transcripts
2 Recommendation Letters

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The District ensures that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of national origin, religion, age, sex or gender, race, color, medical condition, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or because he or she is perceived to have one or more of the foregoing characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. .

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