The USC Department of Public Safety is recruiting for the position of Public Safety Officer I (Lateral Officers and Academy Graduates) to fill current vacancies, as well as establish an eligibility list for future vacancies. We areÂ seeking candidates who have graduated from a California Basic P.O.S.T. recognized police academy and are currently or have previously been employed as a police officer, and candidates who have graduated from a California Basic P.O.S.T. recognized police academy without prior police employment.
The Public Safety Officer I provides service functions to support the general safety of the university community. Patrols an assigned area on foot or in a vehicle and responds to radio and/or telephonic calls for routine and/or emergency assistance in both criminal and non-criminal matters. 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 âpowers of arrestâ authority pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the LAPD while on-duty. The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Conducts preliminary investigations of criminal and non-criminal incidents and makes arrests when necessary.
Assesses circumstances and conditions at the scene of an incident and determines the appropriate response.
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.
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.
Must be able to work varied days and rotating shifts, holidays, weekends, scheduled and emergency overtime; be available to report for work in case of emergencies.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States employing 306 full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers. Under the leadership of Chief John Thomas, the departmentâs 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. The department offers a variety of quality public safety services and educational programs administered through the utilization of highly trained personnel, state-of-the-art technology, and a community-based policing philosophy. For more information about the department, visit the DPS website at https://dps.usc.edu/.
Application materials will be carefully evaluated; applicants who document possession of experience and education which most closely meet the requirements of the position will be invited to participate in the nextÂ step of the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to future steps in the process. The next step will be scheduled once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The selection process consists of:Â physical fitness qualifier,Â panel interviews, in-depth background investigation (conducted under P.O.S.T. guidelines), psychological evaluation, medical examination, and the Universityâs standard background screening.
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:
Medical, dental and vision plans
Tuition assistance - allows our employees and their families to earn a USC degree 100% tuition-free
Retirement Savings Program - 10% employer contribution when you contribute 5%
Up to $50,000 housing subsidy
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans
Individuals interested in being considered for this position must submit an application and resume and respond to the required supplemental questions. Applicants are expected to accurately document their related experience and any training, education, and/or skills relevant to this position. Applicants should respond to all supplemental questions, even if the information is also contained in the application. If you are a current USC employee, you must apply through our internal career site in Workday.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:Â Â Before you submit your application, please ensure that you are applying to the correct Public Safety Officer position. The department has 2 separate recruitments for Public Safety Officer which include Public Safety Officer I (lateral officers and academy graduates), and Public Safety Officer Trainee (pre-service candidates).Â Please see below for definition of each.Â It is the candidateâs responsibilityÂ to apply for the correct position.
Public Safety Officer I (lateral officers and academy graduates): Candidates who have graduated from a California Basic P.O.S.T. recognized police academy and are currently or have previously been employed as a police officer, and candidates who have graduated from a California Basic P.O.S.T. recognized police academy without prior police employment.Â
Public Safety Officer Trainee (pre-service candidates): Candidates who have not completed a California Basic P.O.S.T. recognized police academy.Â If selected, you will attend the LAPD police academy for a 6-month training program. Upon successful completion of the academy, you will advance to the Public Safety Officer I position.Â
Minimum Education: High school or equivalentMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum 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.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.