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Public Safety Officer Trainee

Department of Public Safety Los Angeles, California

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

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.

JOB SUMMARY

This is non-sworn, probationary position and attends formalized training to learn practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, crime prevention, community relations, first aid, physical conditioning and weapons handling. Public Safety Officer Trainees must successfully pass all phases of training to advance to a PSO I position. Participates in and successfully completes prescribed law enforcement officer training program for entry level Police Officer. Works with an assigned field training officer to learn field activities, tactics and strategic planning. Demonstrates familiarity with the University and its adjacent areas and patrols an assigned area. Learns to make arrests and serve warrants and subpoenas. Learns the methods of and assists in securing crime scenes and evidence. Displays a satisfactory level of competence in report writing and the laws of arrest and seizure. Successfully obtains training in defensive driving and California Vehicle and Penal Codes. Maintains acceptable standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program. Successfully applies material learned in scenario-based exercises.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participates in and successfully completes prescribed law enforcement officer training program. Learns to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Works with an assigned field training officer to learn field activities, tactics and strategic planning. Under guidance, responds to emergency calls for service to protect public safety and property, resolve disputes, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances. Performs assigned responsibilities on an individual or team basis, depending upon the status of the incumbent’s training.
  • Demonstrates familiarity with the University and its adjacent areas and patrols an assigned area with assigned field training officer in a radio dispatched automobile, on bicycle or on foot. Learns to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the University community.
  • Learns to make arrests and serve warrants and subpoenas. Learns to transport individuals for medical clearances and booking as required.
  • Learns the methods of and assists in securing crime scenes and evidence, interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses. Demonstrates knowledge of collecting and preserving evidence.

  • Displays a satisfactory level of competence in report writing and the laws of arrest and seizure. Learns to prepare and maintain accurate official logs, reports, records and files.

  • Successfully obtains training in defensive driving and California Vehicle and Penal Codes. Learns to observe, monitor and control routine and unusual traffic situations. Under guidance, stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate. Provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events or other congested situations.

  • Develops an understanding of officer survival and the need for sustaining physical fitness. Maintains acceptable standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program.

  • Successfully applies material learned in scenario-based exercises.

  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) and mandatory reporter under the Clery Act based on University responsibilities. Has responsibility and is required to receive reports of crimes or criminal incidents from victims of crimes and/or third parties; notifies Department of Public Safety immediately of any reported serious crime or criminal incidents that indicates the presence of an ongoing threat to the University community; and notifies the Clery Compliance Coordinator in the Department of Public Safety.

SALARY: $28.00 per hour and eligible for over-time.

WORK SCHEDULE

Must be able to work at least 40 hours per week.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

THE TROJAN FAMILY REWARDS

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 usc.edu.
  • 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.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Preferred Education: Related undergraduate study
Minimum Field of Expertise: Must possess a valid California Class C Driver's license. Must be eligible for and meet the POST training requirement. Must be eligible for the State of California Patrol Persons and Firearms permits. Must have 1 year experience in a service and/or security position within an academic or alternate service environment. Candidate must acquire a guard card at the conclusion of the training period.


REQ20041150 Posted Date: 07/28/2017

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