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Public Safety Officer I

Department of Public Safety Los Angeles, California


The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States employing 300+ full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers. The department’s primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment on campus and in the local USC community that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to realize their academic and social pursuits. We seek the best and brightest, individuals who have the aptitude and sense of commitment, those who want to help their community. If you’re ready for an enriching career, one with meaning and challenge, then the USC Department of Public Safety is for you. Within this work, you can find significant achievement, satisfaction and reward.


We seek a Public Safety Officer I to join our dynamic team. The Public Safety Officer I provides service functions to support the general safety of the university community. Patrols an assigned area and responds to radio and/or telephonic calls for routine and/or emergency assistance in both criminal and non-criminal matters. Performs investigations and makes arrests when necessary. Deters and prevents unlawful behavior, and performs internal and external public safety functions. Carries firearms and works under the direct supervision of a watch commander, field supervisor or a unit manager/supervisor. Has peace officer “powers of arrest” authority pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the LAPD while on-duty.


  • Patrols an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle. Responds to telephonic and/or radio calls for routine and emergency assistance in both criminal and non-criminal situations. Assesses circumstances and conditions at the scene of an incident and determines the appropriate response.
  • Conducts preliminary investigations of criminal and non-criminal incidents. Interviews victims, witnesses, suspects, and others. Issues citations and/or makes arrests. Conducts follow-up investigations as required.
  • Maintains an accurate record of daily activities. Prepares comprehensive incident and crime reports. Ensures reports are legally sufficient through consultation with supervisors.
  • Assesses severity of medical emergencies, provides first aid, summons medical assistance as required, and transports non-life threatening sick and injured.
  • Testifies in court on criminal and civil matters affecting the interests of the university.
  • Maintains perimeter and crowd control in the areas of crimes, emergencies, and special activities.
  • Escorts university and hospital employees, faculty, staff, students and/or hospital patients between facilities and their vehicles.
  • Presents crime prevention and public information programs.
  • Maintains security of buildings and university related property by controlling access, and the opening and securing of buildings.

SALARY: $31.97 per hour and eligible for over-time. The compensation program is referred to as a Step Plan. An employee will hire in at Step 1 and move to successive steps at Year 1, 3, 5 and 7 until they’ve reached the top step. Hourly employees are paid on a bi-weekly pay cycle.


Must be able to work varied days and rotating shifts: 10 hours per day, 4 days a week, 40 hours per week. Examples of schedules are 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 5:00 PM – 3:30 AM, 9:30 PM – 8:00 AM. Must be able to report for work in case of emergencies.


The following are the steps that you will have to go through during the selection process. Successful completion of all steps in the selection process is required. You will be notified, via email, of your results after each step you complete.

  • Step 1: Application – All applicants must complete the online employment application and submit a resume and cover letter. 
  • Step 2: Test – The test consists of both a cognitive (i.e., problem-solving) and an attitude/behavioral-orientation (i.e., criminal justice officer orientation) component.
  • Step 3: Physical Agility Test (PAT) – The PAT is designed to measure strength, agility, and endurance and will be administered by the Rio Hondo Police Academy Staff.
  • Step 4: Interview – The interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your knowledge, education, experience, and general ability to successfully perform in the position.
  • Step 5: Full Background Investigation – The background investigator will contact employers, references, family members and neighbors to assess the applicant’s character.
  • Step 6: Psychological Evaluation – The psychological evaluation consists of an individual oral interview and evaluation by a licensed psychologist on factors related to successful performance in the job.
  • Step 7: Medical Exam – The medical exam consists of a job related pre-placement physical exam which includes a drug test, TB skin test, hearing and vision testing.
  • Step 8: Background Screening – The background screening is conducted by HireRight, a third-party administrator and will include criminal background check, SSN Trace, Motor Vehicle Record, National Sex Offender Registry, employment verification, Education and Military Service.


We pride ourselves in creating the BEST USC EXPERIENCE, and that begins with our employees! We offer a wide variety of benefits and programs that support our staff and their families including:

  • Benefits: dental and vision plans, tuition assistance for our employees and their families, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, 2:1 retirement plan contributions, child care centers and up to $50,000 housing subsidy. And because we are a qualifying public service organization, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans. Don’t believe us? Visit
  • Perks: discounts to USC sporting events, USC Bookstores, wireless plans, travel, accommodations, and local entertainment.
  • Career Growth: We are the largest private employer in Los Angeles offering tremendous development opportunities in multiple fields and industries. The Trojan Network connects current and previous members of the Trojan family to create an endless professional network.

Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's license; completed POST certified Level I Academy (modules A, B, and C), or equivalent out of state training, or have one (1) year experience as a USC Community Service Officer (CSO) and meet the POST or equivalency requirement and possess the State of California Patrol Persons and Firearms permits.

REQ20041120 Posted Date: 03/06/2017

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