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District Police Sergeant

College of the Sequoias
Visalia, CA

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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General Description

Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the District Police Sergeant serves as the lead officer over departmental operations such as patrol, investigations, parking control, event security, dispatch, recordkeeping, and other miscellaneous services to ensure efficient District Police coverage across the Visalia, Tulare, and Hanford campuses.

This position is a Full-Time 12-month position,

Primarily 8:00 am – 6:00 pm M-Th., but subject to change regarding shift coverage,

(4-10 hr. shifts).

Initial placement is at $61,485.

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting employees who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Job Duties

Job duties of the District Police Sergeant include:

  • Participate in all normal patrol activities including enforcement of local and state laws, issues parking and traffic citations, arrests offenders, and transports persons when authorized.
  • Advises and supports campus police officers in their performance of preliminary and follow-up investigations.
  • Oversees enforcement actions by campus police officers.
  • Inspects, gives instructions to and assigns beats to campus police officers.
  • Monitors the work of campus police officers and non-sworn members and provides them with necessary guidance and support.
  • Ensures that campus police officers are promptly dispatched to handle calls for service and emergencies, and assists the officers as needed.
  • Reviews all reports prepared by campus police officers for clarity and completeness.
  • Ensures that all department members render a high level of quality service to the college community.
  • Works with all department members to project a cordial, helpful and sincere image to the college community.
  • Performs as a formal and informal trainer.
  • Communicates and works closely with the Chief of Police, keeps Chief of Police briefed on all matters pertaining to operation of the department.
  • Patrol and survey school property, grounds, streets and parking facilities for the prevention and detection of crimes relative to the campus.
  • Prepare and maintain police files, logs and reports regarding preliminary and follow-up investigations, standard vehicle collisions and other related matters.
  • Assure physical security of District property after school hours; check doors, windows, locks and alarms; survey high crime areas.
  • Issue citations for college ordinances, traffic and parking violations.
  • Contact, stop and identify suspicious persons on campus and adjacent streets and compete field interview cards as needed; interrogate suspects involved in previous crimes; remove suspects from crowds with least amount of resistance as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain contact with students and general public; cooperate with local law enforcement agencies in prevention, control and investigation of illegal activities affecting college personnel, students and facilities.
  • Continue education regarding Principled Policing and Implicit Bias Training and model these practices for department officers.
  • Participate on appropriate committees and work groups with the approval of the Chief.
  • Provide training to district employees regarding safety and procedures under as directed by the Chief.
  • Properly process crime scenes; conduct on-the-scene investigations to obtain physical evidence and statements of witnesses for making arrests or criminal prosecution.
  • Conduct initial and follow-up investigations of burglary, theft, malicious activity, vehicle accidents, bad checks and other occurrences or criminal acts on campus; testify in court as necessary.
  • Provide a variety of services including escorts, CPR and first aid to accident victims, contacting students and faculty regarding emergencies.
  • Utilize a variety of defensive equipment including gun, pepper spray, taser, batons and handcuffs.
  • Direct traffic as necessary.
  • Utilize the District’s integrated software in performing the required duties of the position.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

    Any combination equivalent to:

  • Graduation from high school and
  • Supplemented by completion of POST Basic Academy.
  • Licenses and Other Requirements

  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • An incumbent must be insurable at the “standard rate” by the employer’s insurance carrier at all times while employed in this classification by the College of the Sequoias.
  • POST Intermediate certificate within one year.
  • Candidates will be subject to a thorough medical and psychological examination and background investigation prior to employment.
  • Vision 20/70 correctable to 20/20.
  • No color blindness.
  • Normal hearing.
  • Working Conditions: Environment

  • Indoor and outdoor environment.
  • Subject to working nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Work occasional overtime, with additional compensation.
  • Perform routine repetitive duties to completion.
  • Attend in–service training.
  • Work under adverse weather conditions.
  • Physical Abilities **

  • 99 Yard Obstacle Course: Run a 99-yard obstacle course consisting of several turns, a number of curb high obstacles, and 34-inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
  • Body Drag: Lift and drag 165-pound lifelike dummy 32 feet.
  • Fence Climb: Run 5 yards to a 6–foot high fence, climb over fence and continue running another 25 yards.
  • 500 Yard Run: Run 500 yards (equivalent to 1 lap plus 60 yards of a standard track).
  • ** Note: The above criteria will be waived if any applicant has attended the academy within the last six months.

    Other Physical Abilities

  • Ability to hear and speak to communicate with students/employees/public.
  • Ability to see to read documents.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended period of time.
  • Ability to reach in all directions.
  • Ability to lift moderately heavy objects.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer and office equipment.
  • Knowledge and Abilities Knowledge of:
      Principles and practices of supervisory management.Law enforcement procedures and applicable laws of the State of California.Self-defense techniques.Policies and procedures regarding school parking and other related matters.Emergency vehicle procedures, rules and regulations.Traffic directing procedures and flare patterns.District organization, operations, policies and objectives.Fire safety and fire extinguishers.First Aid and CPR procedures.Record-keeping techniques.Operation of a computer terminal.Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
    Ability to:

  • Patrol effectively, make arrests, lift fingerprints and detect and prevent criminal activity.
  • Prepare and maintain required files, logs and reports, using correct English and grammar.
  • Respond and react quickly in emergency situations.
  • Deal effectively with juveniles and maintain good relations with school personnel, police officers and the public.
  • Remember names, faces, specific details of occurrences and give accurate and definitive descriptions.
  • Learn District rules and regulations pertaining to the protection of buildings and grounds belonging to the district and vehicle regulations.
  • Learn the geographic layout of all district buildings and sites.
  • Operate vehicles having manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Control crowds and traffic.
  • Utilize a variety of defensive equipment including gun, pepper spray batons, taser and handcuffs.
  • Understand military time.
  • Write and issue citations.
  • Swim and save drowning persons.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Application Procedure

    To be considered applicants must submit ALL of the following required material before or by the filing deadline:

  • An online job application.
  • Letter of interest, which addresses how the applicant’s experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the job duties.
  • Resume
  • Basic Post Certificate
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university work. Official transcripts required upon employment.
  • Recruitment Analyst: Keila Reynoso [email protected] or 559-730-3920.

    College of the Sequoias does not sponsor H-1B Visas


    College of the Sequoias is a two-year California community college offering educational and enrichment programs for the residents of its district in Tulare and Kings counties. The college was established in 1925 and moved to its current 62-acre main campus site in Visalia in 1940.

    In addition to the campus in Visalia, COS operates a full-service center in Hanford that is also home to the college's police and fire academies.

    COS also opened its Tulare College Center in January 2013. It is a full-service college center and the home of COS' agriculture program

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