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Police Officer

Merced College
$5,623.00 - $7,115.00 Monthly

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Institution Type
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Police Officer

Salary: $5,623.00 - $7,115.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 20240119
Closing: 3/19/2024 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Merced College, CA

Range 1
40 hours/week
12 months/year
Interviews scheduled for the week of April 1, 2024
*Hires selected for this position will be required to pass a comprehensive background check*
Intermediate POST certification, additional $500 stipend annually
Advanced POST certification, additional $1,000 stipend annually
Both POST certifications, additional $1,500 stipend annually
Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Founded in 1962, the college serves more than 16,000 students, with room to expand on its 267-acre main campus and 120-acre Los Banos site, as well as at our innovative Business Resource Center in Downtown Merced. The City of Merced, incorporated in 1889, offers historical sites, affordable housing and access to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Merced is known as the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is home to the University of California's newest campus, UC Merced. Our tree-shaded, growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes — large and small — throughout the county.

As a member of the Campus Police Department you will work at the direction of the Chief. This position provides for the safety of staff, students and visitors to our campus. Officers working for the Merced Community College District provide and perform law enforcement duties in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws, ordinances and board policies. Officer also provide important nonenforcement services to our staff, students, and members of the community. In addition to being a part of a team you will become a member of the Merced College Community. Merced College Campus Police invite you to apply to join our team

Merced College Mission

At Merced College, students are our focus, and we are known by their success. We transform lives through education and workforce development.

Merced College Mission
Enriching our community through educational experiences and support services:
  • Degree/Certificate Programs
  • Transfer
  • Career Technical Education
  • Workforce Training
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Basic Skills
  • Community Engagement
  • Merced College promotes student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, and institutional effectiveness, all with a focus on student achievement.

    General Description:

    Under general supervision of the direction of Chief Law Enforcement Officer, provide safety for all staff, students and visitors and perform law enforcement duties in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

    (May be assigned to Merced or Los Banos Campus)

    Examples of Duties

    Representative Duties:
  • Performs routine police tasks according to department rules and regulations
  • Patrols the campus and its perimeter by vehicle, bicycle or on foot for the prevention of crime, detection of fire hazards, safety hazards, enforcement of public safety, county, state and federal laws, campus and traffic regulations
  • Responds to emergency calls to fire, accidents and other requests for assistance
  • Performs rescue work and administers first aid
  • Maintains emergency public safety equipment
  • Participates in training programs
  • Investigates violations of laws, complaints and accidents; prepares reports and log activity and irregularities which occur during the assigned shift
  • Arrests law violators and issues citations for traffic violations
  • Takes fingerprints and photographs
  • Interviews suspects, complainants and witnesses to obtain information
  • Prepares written reports
  • Provides court room testimony
  • Operates a personal computer, fax and other related office equipment
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, develop appropriate responses under stressful conditions
  • Represent the district in a professional manner

  • Knowledge of:
  • Constitutional rights, laws of state, and laws pertaining to search and seizure
  • Social problems of the community, including racial, religious and ethnic group relations
  • Use of firearms, defensive tactics and other related tools needed to perform the duties of a police officer
  • Methods and techniques to improve security

  • Ability to:
  • Analyze situations and exercise good judgment with a minimum of supervision
  • Prepare and maintain accurate and complete records and reports
  • Confront people on security matters without unnecessary alienation
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time in various types of weather
  • Communicate effectively with others in person or telephone
  • Speak and write clearly and correctly
  • Possess strength to perform prolonged and rigorous tasks under stressful conditions
  • Meet standards set by the State for physical and mental conditions and agility
  • React quickly and calmly in emergencies
  • Deal courteously but firmly with the general public
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

  • Typical Qualifications


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be 18 years of age at time of employment
  • Must have no prior convictions by any state or by the federal government of a crime, the punishment of which would have been imprisonment in a federal penitentiary or a state prison
  • Experience in law enforcement, communication, first aid and CPR
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students

  • License or Certificate
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License
  • Must be P.O.S.T. Basic Academy graduate
  • Have P.O.S.T. certification of current attendance and graduation date from P.O.S.T. Academy

  • Desired:
  • AA or BA in related field


    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


    Work is performed primarily outside of an office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends.

    Physical Ability to:
  • Hear and understand speech at normal levels
  • Communicate so others will be able to clearly understand normal conversation
  • Read printed matter and computer screens
  • Stand or sit for prolonged periods of time
  • Bend and twist, stoop, kneel, crawl, push, pull
  • Lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight
  • Operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard
  • Lift 75 pounds
  • Carry _75 pounds
  • Reach in all directions

  • Vision:

    See in the normal visual range with or without correction


    Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction

    Supplemental Information

    How to Apply:
  • Submit a complete application by the closing date/time on the Merced College career pages at

  • Required Documentation:
  • Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position (cover letter)
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references (no reference letters permitted)

  • If Applicable:
  • Legible unofficial college transcripts; transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree; official copies are not required unless applicant is hired
  • Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation completed by an approved organization per the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. (Download PDF reader)

  • Only the required documentation as listed above will be accepted for this recruitment. Any additional documentation will be removed from your application profile.

    Interview Information:

    Those applicants deemed highly qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Interviews will be scheduled onsite.

    Employee Benefits:

    Employee Benefits: Health benefits for the employee and all their eligible dependents cost employee's only $12 per month and provide access to PPO medical coverage, PPO dental coverage, VSP Vision coverage, and more! Please visit our Merced College Benefits website for more details about our incredible employee benefits. In addition, sick leave and retirement benefits are also provided.

    Condition of Employment:

    The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

    Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

    Merced Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    To apply, visit

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    Established in 1962, Merced College enrolls over 11,000 students annually at its main campus in Merced, California, and at its campus in Los Banos, California, and several off-campus sites. The college serves the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, which leads the world in agricultural production. The area is rich in educational opportunity, with campuses of the University of California and the California State University nearby. World-renowned Yosemite Valley is only a short drive away.

    Merced College is known for its commitment to student success and its service orientation. It leads comparable institutions in securing grants to support instructional programs, and provides additional support to students through numerous study centers and other learning support. The college has an outstanding Learning Resources Center that regularly hosts visiting authors as well as cultural events.  

    Merced College provides transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs. Merced College serves as a gateway to the future, providing accessible, affordable, and relevant education and workforce training for students in our richly diverse region. The college offers programs of study that lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates. Merced College provides basic skills and non-credit courses, as well as community education for personal and professional enrichment.

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