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Police Officer

Oceanside, California



MiraCosta College

1 Barnard Drive

Oceanside, CA 92056

Phone: 760-795-6854





Starting Salary:


$5,547.50 - $5,849.83/month


Application Deadline: 9/1/17




Police Officer (2017)


MiraCosta College



To view the full job posting and apply for this position, go to:



Discipline or Department:


Campus Police


Position Type:




Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary:


Starting $5,547.50 - $5,849.83 per month ($32.00 - $33.75 per hour)


Working Hours:


Two regular, full-time positions, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, in the MiraCosta College Police Department. These are "extended day" positions, subject to possible fluctuations in daily working hours, and may be exempt from compensation for overtime in excess of 8 hours in one day. Hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a week period shall be compensated on an overtime basis. These positions work a 6 month day/night rotational shift. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM or 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM. The persons selected for these positions will be subject to assignment to any district or authorized facility during any hours of operation.



To view the College Police Department website, go to:



Special Instructions to Applicants:




Apply and submit application materials through MiraCosta College's online application system at Once you are in the system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.


In order to be considered for this position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date:

  1. Application for Classified Employment.

  2. Cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties.

  3. Current resume summarizing your educational background and experience.

  4. Copy of your California P.O.S.T.-Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate completed within the past three (3) years, or your valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, valid California Requalification Course Certificate, or valid California Basic Course Waiver. Attach the file to the link "Other Document".

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.


MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. Describe your own commitment to diversity and how you will meet the minimum qualifications of "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students."


Do you have a U.S. high school diploma, GED certificate, or high school equivalency certificate, or a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved college/university?


Have you completed at least a 664-hour California P.O.S.T.-Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy within the past three (3) years, or do you possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, a valid California Requalification Course Certificate, or a valid California Basic Course Waiver?


Have you ever been terminated from a peace officer position with a law enforcement agency? If yes, list the employer's name and explain the circumstances. If no, type "N/A".


Have you ever been released during a probationary period from a peace officer position while employed with a law enforcement agency? If yes, list the employer's name and explain the circumstances. If no, type "N/A".


Have you ever resigned from a law enforcement agency in lieu of termination or other discipline? If yes, list the employer's name and explain the circumstances. If no, type "N/A".


The screening and interview committee will review application materials two to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.


Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at (760)795-6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.


Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.





Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon the following:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship (per California Government Code 1031a).

  2. Be at least 18 years of age (per California Government Code 1031b).

  3. Be fingerprinted for purposes of searching local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any conviction information (per California Government Code 1031c).

  4. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

  5. Successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense and submission of a current, negative tuberculosis (TB) test clearance.

  6. Fulfillment of the aforementioned minimum qualifications, licenses and other requirements.


Basic Function and Other Details:


Under the direction of the Police Sergeant, serve as a peace officer of the State of California. Performs law enforcement, emergency preparedness, and crime prevention duties at all three campus sites; performs investigative and protective duties; controls the flow of traffic and enforces state and local traffic regulations; responds to and investigates a wide variety of criminal complaints and incidents; responds to emergency situations as a first responder.



Representative Duties:


(E= essential job function)

  1. Patrols assigned areas and properties by foot, bicycle, and emergency vehicle to detect and deter vandalism, burglary, arson, trespass, theft, and other criminal activity committed against persons and property; develops and implements patrol patterns based on criminal activity; appears at the scenes of disorder, disaster, and crimes in progress as a first responder and activates the Incident Command System (ICS) as needed. (E)

  2. Prevents entry of unauthorized persons on grounds or in buildings; inspects the security of doors, windows, and gates; determines action to be taken with disruptive, violent, or dangerous persons including physical arrest, the placement of mental health holds per Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, the issuance of notice to appear citations, removal from campus and/or District property, and referral for administrative action; enforces permanent/temporary restraining orders; prepares and serves search and arrest warrants; serves and enforces other orders issued by the Superior Court. (E)

  3. Prepares complete and concise arrest and crime reports, traffic collision reports, misdemeanor and traffic notice to appear citations, warrantless arrest reports, property evidence reports, storage of vehicles reports and other reports relating to observed violations; records activities in daily patrol logs. (E)

  4. Conducts preliminary and follow-up investigations of criminal acts occurring on or around District property, including public transit vehicles while on campus; identifies, detains and apprehends criminal suspects; conducts criminal history, warrant, and DMV checks of suspects; issues citations, effects arrests, processes, interviews, fingerprints and transports campus and community crime suspects to appropriate facilities in accordance with the California Vehicle, Penal, and Welfare and Institutions Codes and the District Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); interviews and assists crime victims; collects and preserves evidence; conducts narcotic and alcohol presumptive testing; appears in criminal, traffic, and civil court as a witness or as an arresting officer as required; prepares criminal and traffic cases and affidavits in support of arrest warrants for submission to the Office of the District Attorney for review. (E)

  5. Works closely with other law enforcement agencies; performs follow-up investigations of cases initiated by the Oceanside Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department; contacts and liaisons with probation officers, case workers, and others involved with juvenile offenders; responds to mutual aid requests of allied law enforcement agencies during disasters, emergencies, and/or incidents that are of local or regional significance; participates in cooperative enforcement activities with allied law enforcement agencies such as DUI checkpoints and traffic safety initiatives. (E)

  6. Performs directed patrol activities in support of the safety of motorists and pedestrians and ensures compliance with the California Vehicle Code; prepares and issues notice to appear citations for violations of the California Vehicle Code as necessary; conducts investigations of non-injury traffic collisions in accordance with State-wide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS) guidelines; inspects vehicles for valid College parking permits and valid Department of Motor Vehicle registration tabs and/or documents; issues citations for non-compliance with parking regulations and/or violations of the California Vehicle Code; ensures parking lots and roadways are clearly marked and maintained; controls and/or directs traffic during emergency and non-emergency situations, special events, and other situations during which traffic congestion occurs; maintains orderly control of large crowds. (E)

  7. Activates the Incident Command System (ICS) as needed; assists in Emergency Preparedness prevention, instruction, and implementation for the College's three campuses; maintains, inventories, and inspects Emergency Preparedness supplies; works cooperatively with local, state, federal, and other allied emergency response and disaster relief agencies including the American Red Cross and the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services during emergency and disaster response and training simulations; serves as part of the College's emergency preparedness staff, and reports to and assists the Operations Coordinator during activation of the Emergency Operations Center; inspects and maintains emergency notification system equipment, including call boxes, external notification speakers, and satellite, cellular and landline telephones.

  8. Responds to medical emergencies involving potential exposure to blood borne pathogens and other medical hazards; provides basic first aid up to and including CPR and facilitating the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as necessary; secures and evaluates the scenes of medical emergencies, and coordinates the response of emergency medical and fire personnel as necessary; prepares student and staff accident and injury reports; provides transport to medical treatment centers as necessary.

  9. Investigates unusual conditions; takes immediate action to intervene in and/or reduce danger to the campus community arising from defects to, or the possible malfunction of, various vehicles, equipment, or devices; notifies proper agencies or persons regarding impaired or defective vehicles, equipment or devices; prepares incident reports regarding unusual or dangerous conditions.

  10. Responds to requests for safety escorts from parents, staff, students, and visitors; assists persons with disabled vehicles in parking areas; provides minor vehicle assistance such as lock-outs and jump-starts as needed; summons towing services and/or facilitates transportation for motorists with disabled vehicles.

  11. Initiates and implements a variety of crime and safety awareness programs for staff and students; provides presentations relating to crime and campus safety to assorted groups; participates in crime prevention and community education efforts; contacts surrounding businesses and neighborhood groups and residents regarding crime prevention and crime and safety issues of mutual interest and/or impact to the College.

  12. Maintains, inspects, and qualifies with department-issued firearms; qualifies with the department-issued firearm on a quarterly basis in accordance with Department policy; participates in monthly firearms training activities; operates, maintains, inspects, and/or qualifies with other department-issued weapons and equipment including Tasers , impact weapons, and oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, handcuffs, handheld radios, and video and audio recording devices. (E)

  13. Once qualified, may provide initial field training as mandated by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) to probationary College Police Officers as a Field Training Officer (FTO); prepares and submits daily and end-of-phase trainee performance evaluations.

  14. Once qualified, may serve as a Background Investigator for peace officer, dispatcher, CSO's, PSO's and police clerks assigned to the College Police Department; prepares and submits investigative reports describing the qualifications of candidates for service with the College Police Department in accordance with P.O.S.T. guidelines and requirements; coordinates selection and screening activities for College Police Department candidates including structured interviews and polygraph and psychological examinations.


Type of Benefits:


A full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) for School Members.



Minimum Qualifications:


To be eligible for this position position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Have a U.S. high school diploma, GED certificate, or high school equivalency certificate, or a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved college/university (per California Government Code 1031e); AND

  2. Completion of at least a 664-hour California P.O.S.T.-Certified Basic Law Enforcement Academy within the past three (3) years, or possession of a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate, a valid California Requalification Course Certificate, or a valid California Basic Course Waiver.


Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Previous experience in a college police setting.

  2. Previous experience and knowledge in Community/Service Oriented Policing principles.


Licenses and Other Requirements:


Valid California driver license; valid First Aid Certificate, CPR certificate, and AED certificate issued by an authorized agency; District-approved DMV driving record; successful completion of California Government Code 1030 sections, psychological, medical, polygraph, and background investigations; successful completion of crime prevention training requirements on a monthly basis as well as all other department training requirements.


Successful candidates must also have and meet the following 15 job dimensions as recommended by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.): 1) communication skills; 2) problem-solving ability; 3) learning ability; 4) judgment under pressure; 5) observational skills; 6) willingness to confront problems; 7) interest in people; 8) interpersonal sensitivity; 9) desire for self-improvement; 10) appearance; 11) dependability; 12) physical ability; 13) integrity; 14) operations of a motor vehicle; 15) credibility as a witness in a court of law.


To view the detailed description of the 15 job dimensions, go to:


and click on the link for "Police Officer" to download the formal College Police Officer job description.



Closing Date:





Human Resources Contact Information:







About MiraCosta College


The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.


MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.


The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program.  The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains.  The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve.  The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students.  The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.











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