Police Officer Cadet (Temporary) (500995)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description


Job Summary

*This appointment is not expected to exceed seven months, or beyond the duration of the basic academy training, including the attainment of P.O.S.T. Certification and after being sworn in, you may be appointed as a Police Officer on a probationary basis.*

The Police Officer Cadet position exists specifically for the purpose of training the incumbent to develop the minimum qualifications necessary to become a sworn police officer. Typically, the candidate has not yet entered or completed the POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Basic Academy. If you are a Police Officer Cadet candidate who successfully completes the hiring process with the San José State University Police Department, you will be attending the POST Basic Academy. Upon successful completion of the Academy (within the required timeframe), and at the discretion of management, the Police Officer Cadet may be appointed to the classification of Police Officer.

The POST Basic Academy is an 888-hour course that satisfies all minimum required training mandates governed by POST or entry level Law Enforcement. The course includes fundamental principles, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, including: Criminal Law, Patrol Procedures, Cultural Diversity, Investigative Procedures, Report Writing, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Leadership, Ethics, Community Relations, Police Vehicle Operations, Traffic Enforcement, Accident Investigation and First Aid/CPR. The course also includes a challenging program of physical conditioning that will prepare students for police service. The Basic Academy will be conducted daily Monday through Friday with some evenings and weekends.

Key Responsibilities
  • Attend the POST Basic Academy to learn the principles, practices, and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement and codified and case law
  • Participate in additional training in report writing, physical fitness techniques, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques
  • May assist other Police Officers in the performance of their duties

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to qualify for and satisfactorily meet the standards of the Academy
  • Mental capacity, physical agility and learning potential to perform all aspects of POST training and police work
  • Ability to observe and report details under stressful situations
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and who has applied for citizenship
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment to a sworn position
  • Ability to maintain a valid California driver's license
  • Minimum passing T-score of 320 on the WSTB physical agility test
  • Must also meet the following California Government Code requirements, including pre-employment polygraph, psychological and medical examinations
  • Ability to be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation (Government Code Section 1031 (d))
  • Ability to be free of any felony conviction and be free of any misdemeanor crime containing the elements of domestic violence (Government Code Section 1029 (a)(1))
  • Ability to be free from any physical, emotional and mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a police officer (Government Code Section 1031 (f))

Required Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited or approved U.S. high school or equivalent
  • Must have a valid California driver's license
  • Pass the Pellet B Exam with a T-Score of 48 or the W.S.T.B. Exam with a minimum score of 320 and successful completion of the 1.5 mile run. Assessment Testing Information for the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium can be found at the following website: https://theacademy. ca.gov/tests


A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 39 semester college units or equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese


Classification: Police Officer Cadet
Hiring Range: $3,576/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • WSTB Physical Agility Score
  • Pellet B (Written Examination Scores)

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 14, 2021 through July 5, 2021. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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