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Police Officer
Job Category:   Public Safety
Unit:   Police and Public Safety
Position Code:   SPD3584A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin immediately. This position is open until filled.
Salary:   $57,060.00 - $68,928.00 Annually
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check, psychological examination and fingerprinting may be required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

A UC Merced Police Officer protects life and property, enforces criminal law, and performs other duties typical of police officers in general law enforcement agencies. Officers patrol the UC Merced Campus sites in Merced and Atwater in patrol cars, on bicycles, and on foot. The Police Department uses a Community Oriented Policing philosophy and is dedicated to community service.

Respond to calls related to the protection of life and property, traffic collisions, and other required emergencies; initiate police action when necessary; prevent and suppress crime; investigate missing persons, and make arrests and search, fingerprint, and transport prisoners; conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations of criminal incidents, disturbances, hazardous incidents, vehicle collisions, casualties; enforce federal and state laws, and University regulations; collect and preserve evidence and found property; interrogate suspects and interview victims, complainants, and witnesses; check buildings for physical security; direct traffic and write traffic citations; prepare written and computer-generated reports; work closely with the public and University units to identify and solve community problems; make presentations to citizens and groups; participate in on-going training; prepare cases and testify in court; responds to UC system-wide mutual aide requests; provides safety, law enforcement, and community program services; responds to calls for service involving fires and medical emergencies; provides dignitary protection services; works university special events on and off the main campus; execute assigned duties pursuant to University and Police policy and procedures.

Qualifications:   • BA preferred

• Valid CA driver’s license required.

• Possess a current California POST Basic Certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training.

• Possess a POST Academy Certificate.

• Must be 21 years old or older and a U.S. citizen.

• Pass an extensive background investigation and a comprehensive medical and psychological examinations.

• This position participates in the DMV Pull Notice Program.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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