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Southwestern Community College District
  • Position Number: 3134258
  • Location: Chula Vista, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

College Police Officer

Southwestern Community College District

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: College Police

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Under the administration of the Chief Safety Officer and supervision of an assigned Sergeant, patrol the campuses of the Southwestern Community College District to provide for the safety and security of all persons; ensure enforcement of California's Penal and Vehicle Codes, and all other applicable statues, codes, District policies and directives.
  1. Patrol on- and off- campus sites, including but not limited to buildings, classrooms, restrooms, and parking lots by foot, cart, or vehicle in order to maintain security and order; inspect, identify, document, and follow-up on unusual conditions, potential hazards, and security risks; report presence of unauthorized persons on grounds or in District buildings; act upon observations made.
  2. Investigate reports of criminal activity; interview and take appropriate action to assist crime victims; interview witnesses; collect physical evidence; photograph crime scenes and evidence.
  3. Record and document incidents in patrol log; prepare reports related to observed violations including use-of-force reports, arrest reports, criminal citations, notices to appear, warrantless arrest reports, and property evidence reports.
  4. Respond to calls for service; provide security escort for students, staff or visitors as needed; assist persons with vehicles in parking lot.
  5. Patrol campus parking lots and streets; check for vehicle permits and improper parking; conduct traffic stops; issue citations for non-compliance with parking regulations; ensure the safe movement of vehicles in the parking areas; ensure parking lots and roadway are clearly marked.
  6. Answer telephones at station; respond to inquiries and provide information to visitors, students and staff.
  7. Participate in crime prevention work; prepare and deliver presentations on campus safety to students, faculty, staff, and the public.
  8. Appear in court as a witness or as arresting officer as required.
  9. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including applicable sections of state Education Code, Government, Vehicle, Penal, and Safety Codes, and juvenile law.
  • Rules of evidence pertaining to search, seizure, and preservation.
  • Police methods and procedures including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, investigation, and identification procedures and techniques.
  • Applicable court procedures.
  • Techniques and applications of self-defense and proper use of force.
  • Operational characteristics of police equipment, vehicles, and tools including firearms.
  • Methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects.
  • Principles and applications of public relations.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Record keeping and report writing techniques.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

  • Learn the geography of the local area.
  • Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
  • Perform a wide range of law enforcement assignments.
  • Think clearly and behave appropriately in emergency situations.
  • Judge situations/people accurately.
  • Use and care for firearms and other specialized police equipment and vehicles.
  • Operate equipment including emergency alarm systems, two-way radio, camera, typewriter, computer, and copier.
  • Conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations.
  • Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Use discretion in handling difficult persons.
  • Control violent people and affect arrests.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Communicate tactfully and effectively with students and the public.
  • Understand and correct emergency alarm systems.
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices.
  • Understand and work within scope of authority.
  • Remain alert at all times.
  • Maintain high ethical standards and behavior.
  • Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:
Any combination equivalent to: Graduation from high school AND
Currently enrolled in a California POST Basic Academy (verification of enrollment required) with at least 50% completion of total courses of instruction for academy curriculum, including academic and fitness that meets or exceed POST standards.
POST Basic Academy must be completed within six months of employment.

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desirable Qualifications:
Academy Graduate: Completion of a CA POST approved academy; OR possession of a current California POST Academy certificate (copy of certificate required) dated within 3 years; OR POST re-certification dated within the last three yearsOR Lateral Entry: Currently employed as a full time paid sworn peace officer in the State of CA with a law enforcement agency with at least one-year of continuous full-time law enforcement experience at the time of application.

Range 32, Step 1-7, $5,925.89-$7,500.81 per month. Initial placement for external applicants is step 1. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee.

Work Schedule:
Hours may vary according to the police department needs. Applicants must be willing to work nights, graveyards, weekends and holidays as required. Please refer to the CSEA Contract,, for a list of paid holidays and closing of the campus during spring and winter break.Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report - Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) - More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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