Reserve Police Officer (Hourly) 2023-2024

MiraCosta College
$37.19 per hour (range 26, step 1 on the Classified Salary Schedule 2023/24).Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

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Reserve Police Officer (Hourly) 2023-2024
MiraCosta College

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Type of Assignment: Full Time
Assignment Category: Temporary Assignment

Position Details:
MiraCosta College is building a pool of reserve police officers. Assignments are part-time/on call/as needed, with working hours anytime between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at any district facility.

Applications are valid through June 30, 2024, at which time they will expire. A new posting for this pool will be posted on July 1, 2024, and those still interested will need to reapply at that time.


MiraCosta College Board Policy 7800: Employee Residency requires all classified staff, administrators, and temporary/hourly short-term employees to maintain and permanently reside in a principal place of residence in the state of California that is within two-hundred (200) road miles from the employee's regularly assigned district worksite. The purpose of the policy is to promote efficiency and continuity throughout all campus administrative functions, provide students with high quality assistance and accessibility to all academic and campus services, ensure that students receive an engaging education, and respond to emerging student needs.

The District may consider an individual request to temporarily reside outside of the State of California or outside the 200-mile limit on a case-by-case basis, not to exceed twelve consecutive months.

Salary Range: 26
Compensation: $37.19 per hour (range 26, step 1 on the Classified Salary Schedule 2023/24).Employees must make arrangements for the direct deposit of paychecks into the financial institution of their choice, via electronic fund transfer.

Short-term, temporary employees may be eligible for Healthy Families Sick Leave, and enrollment in a retirement system.

Position Term in Months: Varies

Application Procedure:
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:

1. Application on which you list all relevant experience.

2. Cover letter.

3. Photocopy of your California P.O.S.T. Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate, or Basic Certificate, or Requalification Course Certificate, or Basic Course Waiver — attach this document to the “Certificate/License 1” link.

Offer of employment to the persons selected for these assignments 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 21 years of age.

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 minimum qualifications, licenses and other requirements listed in this job posting.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for this position.

Basic Function:
Under general supervision, perform a wide variety of peace officer duties involving the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, emergency preparedness, crime prevention and suppression, and providing information and assistance to students and the public utilizing an equity-minded and trauma-informed approach; may provide investigative or training support, as assigned; and perform related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

1. 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. Ensure consistency and alignment with the district’s commitment to a racially just, trauma-informed policing approach, emphasizing innovation, creativity, and transparency.

2. Utilize a community policing approach to patrol assigned areas on any district campuses and properties by foot, bicycle and emergency vehicle to enforce state and federal laws and district rules and regulations pertaining to public safety, asset protection and campus security; inspect the security of facilities and prevent the entry of unauthorized persons on grounds or in buildings.

3. Respond to routine and emergency calls for service; as a first responder, interview and take appropriate action such as performing first aid or CPR to assist crime victims; activate the Incident Command System (ICS) as needed.

4. Build and maintain strong relationships with key campus stakeholders and law enforcement agencies; work creatively and collaboratively with department leadership to address the needs of disproportionately impacted and minoritized populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses, undocumented/mixed status/DACA, justice or system impacted and formerly incarcerated communities, reduce disparities, and help create a racially just campus climate.

5. Enforce federal, state and local laws and ordinances, issue verbal warnings and citations; pursue and apprehend suspects and request assistance as required; arrest and detain suspects; support the safety of individuals impacted by severe mental health concerns per Section 5150 of the Welfare and Institutions Code; remove individuals from campus and/or district property and refer to the Office of Student Affairs; record and document incidents in patrol logs.

6. Investigate traffic accidents and provide traffic and crowd control as necessary; coordinate crime scene control and assist with preliminary investigations, including locating and interviewing witnesses, collecting and cataloging evidence, and detaining or arresting individuals violating laws, rules and regulations; coordinate with other local law enforcement agencies; prepare reports including arrest reports, criminal citation notices-to-appear and property evidence reports; testify as a witness in court.

7. Work closely with other law enforcement agencies; perform follow-up investigations of cases initiated by the Oceanside Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department; contact and liaison with probation officers, case workers and others involved with juvenile offenders; respond to mutual aid requests of allied law enforcement agencies during disasters, emergencies and/or incidents that are of local or regional significance; participate in cooperative enforcement activities with allied law enforcement agencies such as DUI checkpoints and traffic safety initiatives.

8. Perform directed patrol activities to support motorist and pedestrian safety; conduct investigations of non-injury traffic collisions in accordance with State-Wide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (SWITRS) guidelines; issue citations for non-compliance with parking permits, vehicle registrations, parking regulations and/or violations of the California Vehicle Code; ensure parking lots and roadways are clearly marked and maintained.

9. Maintain, inspect and qualify with department-issued firearms and other department-issued weapons and equipment including Tasers, impact weapons and oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray, handcuffs, handheld radios, and video and audio recording devices in accordance with department policy; participate in monthly firearms training activities.

10. Attend ongoing and periodic training on the law, police procedures, de-escalation tactics, use of force, implicit bias, impacts of trauma, mental health, history of policing, defensive tactics, report writing and other topics to keep knowledge and skills current.

11. In the event of disaster, supervise the distribution of emergency operational equipment and implement and monitor emergency procedures.

Other Duties:
1. Control and/or direct traffic during emergency and non-emergency situations, special events and other situations during which traffic congestion occurs; maintain orderly control of large crowds.

2. Register college-affiliated sex offenders pursuant to Sections 290 and 290.4 of the California Penal Code and the Sexual Offender Act and disseminate information to appropriate district authorities as needed; accept and record domestic violence restraining orders and/or civil harassment orders pertaining to members of the campus community.

3. Perform related duties as assigned.

As Assigned – Detective

4. Conduct criminal investigations of suspected crimes and ongoing criminal activities; locate and interview suspects, victims, witnesses and other involved parties; conduct research using online, justice department and departmental resources; conduct crime scene investigations of active and cold crime scenes.

5. Prepare criminal cases for presentation to the District Attorney’s office for filing consideration.

6. Write a variety of reports including crime reports, investigative reports, interview transcripts and other reports that may be used in criminal court cases; prepare and request search warrants.

As Assigned – Background Investigator

7. Once qualified, may serve as a Background Investigator for peace officer, dispatcher, campus aide and student workers assigned to the Police Department; prepare and submit investigative reports describing the qualifications of candidates for service with the Police Department in accordance with Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) guidelines and requirements; coordinate selection and screening activities for Police Department candidates including structured interviews and polygraph and psychological examinations.

As Assigned – Field Training Officer

8. Provide day-to-day lead work direction to other sworn and civilian Police personnel on an assigned shift; assign and monitor work to ensure conformance with district and legal/regulatory requirements and standards; provide information, instruction and training on work procedures and legal/regulatory requirements; provide input to Police Sergeants on employee work performance and behaviors.

9. Schedule and ensure mandatory training is completed to meet established deadlines; may provide training on patrol procedures, POST Field Training Guidelines and other topics; maintain and recommend updates to the Department Policy and Procedures Manual under the direction of the Chief of Police.

As Assigned – Firearms Instructor/Rangemaster

10. Test and maintain individual officer qualification records, shooting scores and range activities; acquire, store, inventory and issue ammunition and weapons; maintain firing range and related facilities.

Knowledge Of:
1. Methods of safeguarding human lives and maintaining safety utilizing patrol, surveillance and investigation techniques.

2. California Penal and Vehicle Codes, applicable municipal code and other laws, ordinances, codes and regulations applicable to assigned responsibilities.

3. Laws governing arrests and elements of misdemeanor and felony crimes.

4. Principles and practices of community-oriented policing.

5. Criminal and traffic collision investigative techniques.

6. Legal rights of citizens, probable cause and proper methods and procedures for searching, warning, citing, detaining and arresting individuals found in violation of ordinances or laws.

7. Care, cleaning, safe handling and use of a firearm.

8. The proper use of non-lethal force utilizing a baton, pepper spray, TASER, etc.

9. Methods and procedures for effective report writing; correct English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

10. State laws, rules and regulations relating to privacy, confidential information and liabilities including relating to the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) and victim confidentiality.

11. Proper techniques for physically restraining an individual; defensive tactics.

12. The Incident Command System.

13. Disaster management procedures and actions.

14. First aid, CPR and AED procedures/techniques.

15. District organization, functions, rules, policies and procedures applicable to assigned areas of responsibility.

16. Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work.

17. Written and oral communication skills including correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

Ability To:
1. Analyze situations as they occur and respond appropriately to ensure the protection of the public and police personnel.

2. Apply the principles of community-oriented policing and problem-oriented policing in responding to crime and safety issues affecting the campus community.

3. Learn, understand, interpret and apply modern police methods and procedures.

4. Communicate tactfully, respectfully and effectively with the public, both orally and in writing, in a manner consistent with the department’s policing and customer service policies.

5. Interact with sensitivity and understanding with students, faculty, staff and others from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds.

6. Confront sensitive and/or dangerous situations with maturity, professionalism and decisiveness in accordance with departmental policies, applicable laws and codes and standard operating procedures.

7. Analyze, interpret, explain and apply relevant laws, regulations, ordinances and policies.

8. Operate equipment including police vehicles, two-way radio systems, emergency alarm systems, two-way cameras and other standard business equipment.

9. Administer emergency first aid and CPR and utilize an AED device.

10. Maintain qualification for use of firearms and use of non-lethal tools/equipment.

11. Testify authoritatively in court.

12. Operate a computer, standard business software and a variety of computer software programs and databases related to area of assignment.

13. Prepare clear and accurate reports, documents, data entries and files.

14. Maintain confidentiality of police records and activities.

15. Represent the district effectively in dealings with other law enforcement agencies, community and business organizations, the media and the public.

16. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all those encountered in the course of work.

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

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent, at least 21 years of age, and current employment as a police officer or deputy sheriff in the State of California or successful completion of the California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) basic course or completion of a basic course waiver within the past three years or by time of appointment.

Additionally, candidates for this position must meet the following minimum peace officer selection standards as set forth in Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031. Every California peace officer must be:

• Free of any felony convictions;

• A citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship;

• Fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;

• Of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation;

• Free of bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation;

• Found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.

NOTE: For work experience, one “year” is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours.

Desirable Qualifications:
Two or more years of directly related experience in law enforcement.

Licenses & Other Requirements:
A valid California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance program.

PC 832 fire arm qualified.

A valid first aid certification and CPR certificate.

Police Officers are expected to maintain ongoing training mandated by POST to maintain their skills and retain their Peace Officer status.

Successful completion of the Intermediate and Advanced POST courses are highly desirable.

Additional certification is required for special assignments – POST Detective/Investigator Certification, POST Background Investigator, POST Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor.

Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation is required, including a review of employment history, criminal conviction record, credit history, and use of intoxicants and/or other controlled substances.

Physical Effort:
The physical efforts described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must maintain department physical fitness and weight requirements necessary to perform the job functions with or without accommodation, such as the ability to walk, run, bicycle, operate motor vehicles and equipment, position and maintain traffic barricades, and physically detain and apprehend suspects; effectively deal with a variety of unanticipated stressors; continuous wearing and transporting of up to 30 pounds of police equipment (personal protection equipment), which includes body armor and duty gear; finger and hand strength to operate, grasp, hold and manipulate firearms. Infrequent balancing above ground; lifting of items weighing up to 100 pounds from chest to above shoulder level, either with or without assistance. Ability to operate a police vehicle on and between district locations and subject to occasional travel to other approved locations. Visual effort includes focusing attention on persons, situations and detailed items and events for prolonged periods; alternating frequently between short- and far-distance viewing during an average eight-hour shift. Hearing must be within normal range.

Emotional Effort:
Ability to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret people and situations; learn and apply new information and skills; perform highly detailed work; deal with changing deadlines, constant interruptions and multiple concurrent tasks; may respond to life-threatening, emergency situations; cope with disturbing or traumatic situations; interact with others encountered in the course of work, including frequent contact with the public and dissatisfied, abusive and traumatized individuals. Incumbents will occasionally be required to pass psychological evaluations.

Working Conditions:
Office and outdoor environments with exposure to noise and outside weather conditions; exposure to environmental and biological hazards as well as disease/infestations; exposure to potentially dangerous situations and disturbing or traumatic events. Work involves shifts at night, on weekends and holidays as assigned and in emergency situations and natural disasters.

Posting Number: S_23/24_009_P
Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854
Job Close Date: 6/30/2024
Open Until Filled: No
First Screening Date:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
MiraCosta College is committed to creating a racially just campus climate. Individuals and their diverse cultures and identities are welcomed, nurtured, and validated. MiraCosta College takes institutional responsibility for closing the equity gap for disproportionately impacted populations including Latinx and Chicanx communities, Black and African American communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, Native American communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities, veteran communities, former foster youth, adult students, and students from low socioeconomic statuses. MiraCosta will continue to serve all constituents with values rooted in equity, diversity, inclusion, and community.MiraCosta College’s Mission, Vision, Commitment, and Institutional Values & Goals –

About MiraCosta College
MiraCosta College is one of California's 115 public community colleges. The district operates two campus sites and two centers, and offers a robust online education program. Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details, please visit our website at

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Working at MiraCosta College

The MiraCosta Community College District Mission is to provide educational opportunities and student-support services to a diverse population of learners with a focus on their success. MiraCosta College 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.

Both students and staff enjoy a friendly atmosphere, and the feeling that we are all here to help one another. Our diverse student body includes people from a variety of ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

  • Credit Enrollment: 14,773
  • Noncredit Enrollment: 2,479
  • Credit Enrollment by Gender: Female: 57% Male: 43%
  • Average Age: 26
  • Credit Enrollment by Ethnicity:
    • African American: 4%
    • White: 45%
    • Hispanic: 34%
    • Asian, Pacific Islander: 8%
    • Multiple: 7%
    • Other: 2%
  • Active Duty Military/Veterans/Dependents: 1,396

The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 114 public community colleges. MiraCosta offers undergraduate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities. The college’s fee-based Community Education program provides a wide variety of classes, workshops, and excursions. Tuition-free, noncredit classes also present a variety of learning opportunities at the Community Learning Center and throughout the community.

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year university get on the right track through TAG, IGETC, UniversityLink, and other transfer programs. MiraCosta College also has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of all of the community colleges in San Diego County. Our students also typically earn higher GPA's than non-transfer students. Learn more about the transfer process here:

Situated between San Diego and Los Angeles, MiraCosta College benefits from multicultural influences and cultural opportunities. Interstate 5, Amtrak, and Carlsbad regional airport provide easy access to either metropolis and to Mexico. The district, which extends 25 miles along the Pacific Ocean from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base to the city of San Diego, attracts diverse ethnic and socioeconomic populations who live in urban and suburban communities. The intellectual environment is enhanced by the college’s proximity to the University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos, and other institutions of higher education. Along with numerous theaters, galleries, and museums, residents enjoy a moderate, year-round climate, which provides many opportunities for outdoor activities.

The San Diego Tourism Authority website describes San Diego's North County as a vast, expansive region known for its pristine beaches, natural preserves and miles of open spaces. From Del Mar to Oceanside, the North County coastline is a string of unique picturesque seaside villages that have a small-town feel.

If you're looking for opportunities for outdoor activities in San Diego, the north region has plenty. From hiking and horseback riding in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon, to biking along historic Highway 101, or sport fishing, whale watching or surfing the coastline from La Jolla through Oceanside, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be entertained. San Diego's north coastal town of Encinitas was recently named among the best surf towns in the world by National Geographic.

The North County Coastal region is home to some of San Diego's top attractions, including LEGOLAND California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, host to the Del Mar Fair from mid-June to early July, followed by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Races until early September. There's also the San Diego Botanic Garden for a look at San Diego native flora and fauna, and at the Eastern border of North County, you'll also find the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Las Vegas-style Indian casino gaming and a handful of great wineries and local breweries. Art enthusiasts will love the Oceanside Museum of Art and the LUX Art Institute.

San Diego's North County coastal and inland regions are also a paradise for golfers, with over 40 diverse courses to choose from. Graced by cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the Arnold Palmer-designed Park Hyatt Aviara and Tom Fazio-designed Grand Del Mar golf courses are uniquely sculpted around the natural landscapes and native vegetation. San Diego's North region puts you just an hour from Disneyland yet still close to downtown San Diego where the museums of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter and SeaWorld San Diego are nearby.

North San Diego County is home to eight of the county’s fastest growing cities, businesses and families are drawn to North County’s sunny inland valleys and scenic coastal communities. Additional information about the business environment can be found on the San Diego North Economic Development Council website or on the Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, or San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce websites.

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