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Police Officer
Job Category:   Public Safety
Unit:   Police and Public Safety
Position Code:   SPD7583A
Status:   Closed
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin on 08/21/2017 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   $31.68 to $37.41 Hourly
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; execute assigned duties pursuant to University and Police policy and procedures.

Perform uniformed patrol functions by car, vehicle, bike, etc as directed by supervisor. Work assigned shift(s) as assigned or directed by supervisor. Initiating police action when necessary, respond to calls for police service, assist the public, conduct crime prevention and suppression activities, enforce and comply with laws, case law, and legal mandates, arrest offenders, issue citations for moving violations, issue citations for parking violations, conduct presentations on topics related to safety, respond to alarms, handle evidence and property in accordance with policy, conduct investigations as assigned or directed, respond to emergencies, disasters, critical incidents.

Crime Reports, Incident reports, legal documents, internal documentation, Service Reports, traffic reports, memorandums, letters, field documents, court documents, communicates and coordinates efforts information/feedback within the chain of command, through the chain of command make recommendations on topics of concern.

Community Outreach and Liaison Work:
Conduct crime prevention education activities, coordinate community/campus engagement opportunities, provide high quality customer service to the community, creative/conduct police programs to education the community on various topics as directed by supervisor.

Be proficient in the use of department approved/issued weapons & tools, i.e. mace, baton, firearm, taser, cameras, speed measurement devices for traffic enforcement, chemical agent gas mask. Attend/take training and education courses as directed to comply requirements as set in federal law, state law, POST, case law, UC policies, and other mandates.

Court Testimony:
Prepares cases for court, including meeting with the District Attorney. Testifies and presents evidence in court. Testify in legal proceedings.

Skills, Knowledge & Ability:
Knowledge of university regulations, police policies, state laws, case laws, legal mandate of operating, pertaining to job responsibilities. Ability to maintain professional demeanor under stressful conditions and make decisions under rapidly changing conditions. Possess a high level of common sense, strong ability to problem solve, ability to understand written and verbal directives and carry them out. Ability to communicate both orally and in written form, clearly and concisely. Ability to prepare accurate and grammatically correct written reports, traffic citations and memoranda. Safely handle an automobile in high speed and emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with peers, coworkers, those contacted in the course of work. Must possess a strong commitment to professional ethics and integrity. Ability and willingness to work in an environment rich in diversity containing a variety of ethnic cultures, religions, and lifestyles. May be assigned to participate in UC Police System-wide Response Team May be assigned to respond to other UC Campuses for mutual aid assistance as directed

Qualifications:   • Possess a U.S. High School diploma or equivalent required.

• Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

• 21 years of age or older preferred.

• Be a US citizen, or have applied for citizenship and achieve citizenship within three years from the date of appointment as a peace officer with this department required.

• Possess a California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Academy Certificate required.

• A POST basic certificate or higher is preferred.

• Pass an extensive POST background investigation, medical evaluation, and psychological examination required.

• Be legally able to possess a firearm is required.

• Possess a CA driver’s license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program required.

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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