Thank you for your interest in the Community Service Officer Program. To be considered for a Community Service Officer (CSO)
position, each applicant must first submit an employment application. Be sure to
read this cover letter thoroughly and complete
the entire application packet; failure to do so will result in rejection from the hiring process. All portions of the application
must be completed and typed; handwritten applications will not be accepted.
Return completed Employment Application in an 8.5X11” (LTR) envelope to the Sacramento State Police Department, ATTN: Records
Supervisor, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. For questions regarding the employment application, contact us at (916) 278-5083,
or email csoemployment@csus.edu.
The CSO hiring process consists of three steps:
I. The Application
II. The Oral Interview
III. The Background/Reference Checks
All three steps are completed before the final hiring decisions are made. However, applicants may be rejected during any of the
three phases due to unsatisfactory qualifications.
I. The Application
The application is scored utilizing a standardized point scale in which certain general requirements must be met.
The general requirements include:
Being a currently enrolled full-time Sacramento State student.
Having at least one academic year remaining at Sacramento State.
Having a current GPA of at least 2.0 (use your high school GPA if you do not have a Sacramento State GPA at this point.)
The ability to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Completing the attached essay.
Additional points are awarded based on the applicant’s hours commitment and flexibility, work history, related job experience and
current certifications. Adequate points qualify applicants for the next phase of the hiring process, the oral interview. Please note
that it takes about two weeks after turning in the application to receive notification of your application status.
II. The Oral Interview
The oral interview is formal, and is scored on a standardized point scale. The applicant is rated on problem solving skills,
communication skills, public relations skills, and other general requirements. A interview board asks various questions and poses a
hypothetical situation designed to test the above mentioned skills and basic qualifications.
III. The Background Investigation
The final phase of the hiring process consists of a background investigation and reference checks. A minimum of two former
employers will be contacted, thus it is very important to be extremely accurate when providing work history information on the
application. The inability to contact former employers greatly delays the hiring process. If you know that a specific employer cannot
be contacted, you may attach or submit a letter of reference from that employer to speed up the process.
Available positions will be offered to the most qualified applicants based on the number of points attained in the oral interview,
application, the background investigation, and reference checks. Overall, the hiring process takes about three to four weeks to
complete. Newly hired CSOs undergo an intensive one week training program, after which they are placed on probationary status
pending completion of specific requirements. Please see the CSO job description.
Community Service Officer (CSO) Program
Hiring Process
California State University, Sacramento
Police Department
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6092
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Sacramento State Police Department CSO Employment Application
The
CSO position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and is required to comply with the
requirements of this designation. Listed below is a description of the duties you can expect to perform as a CSO:
% of Time
Spent on
Tasks
Duties and Tasks
95%
Function as “eyes and ears” of the Sacramento State Police Department.
Se
rve as a communication link between the campus community and University Police, fire, and
medical personnel. This includes operation and monitoring of a two-way radio that allows
communication with CSOs, Police Officers, and other units.
Pr
ovide safety, security, and crime deterrence to Sacramento State students, faculty, staff, and
visitors through various CSO shifts and details. **
Wo
rk CSO shifts while strictly adhering to set operational policies and procedures.
Complete all logs or forms as required for each shift worked.
Wo
rk a minimum of 10 hours per week during academic quarters. This can decrease during finals
week.
Ma
intain high levels of public relations with the campus community. This includes providing
answers to any questions about Sacramento State, directions to various buildings or parking
structures, and information about CSO Programs services.
Miscellaneous
5%
Read the Official Notices Board to keep informed of criminal occurrences, revised operational
policies or procedures, promotional opportunities, special events, and other important information.
Si
gn out hours worked on the daily hours log immediately after completing each shift.
** The CSO Programs services the Sac State community through several shifts and work details including but not limited to the
following:
Fie
ld Escorts: People can receive nighttime escorts from a CSO within the approximate boundaries of the CSUS main
campus.
Bi
cycle Compound Security: Monitor bike compound activity. Also complete bike registrations.
Resi
dence Hall Patrols: CSOs are hired by the residence halls to patrol the dorms every night.
Library Shifts: CSOs patrol the campus library daily. Also, the larger libraries have posted CSOs at the entrances to observe
and monitor foot traffic.
Bu
ilding Security: CSOs monitor and restrict access to various buildings on campus as well as conduct rounds.
Sp
ecial Events: Often, the CSO Program is hired by campus departments or private companies to provide various security
services for temporary “special” events or activities.
Pr
omoted Positions: CSO Sergeants and CSO Corporals are promoted positions with certain requirements and training
being necessary in order to work the shifts. Promotions are selected after an application and interview process.
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Part I: Preliminary Questionnaire
Name (Last, First, MI):
ATTENTION CSO APPLICANT:
Read the following carefully and sign/date where indicated.
If you have any questions, please contact us at (916) 278-5083 before proceeding.
Potential CSO applicants must meet the following qualifications in order to submit an application for employment with the
CSO Programs:
1. You mus
t be at least half-time status (undergraduate level = 6 units, graduate level-4 units).
2. You must have at least one academic year remaining at Sacramento State.
3. You must have at least a 2.0 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduate students.
4. You must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours a week.
5. You must not have criminal history of any kind within the past year.
6. You must not have a criminal history of a felony nature.
7. You must complete all portions of the application.
I have read all of the above and am qualified to apply to the program according to the guidelines above. I understand that
failure to meet the above requirements will result in immediate disqualification from the hiring process. In addition, I also
understand that falsification or withholding of information relevant to the hiring process will also result in immediate
disqualification and/or termination of employment.
Signature:
Date:
Please remember that you are responsible for all information provided to you on this application. Read
everything carefully before submitting your application. Additionally, all applicants are advised to visit the CSO
website at http://www.csus.edu/campus-safety/police-department/units-functions/cso-program.html
1. Your cumulative GPA (give previous School attended GPA if you have no Sac State GPA available)?
2. Do you have valid driver’s license (CA or other State)?
Yes
No (explain):
3. Have you ever been convicted of criminal offense?
No
Yes If yes, explain below
Date:
Police Agency:
What were the charges?
4. Are you currently employed?
No
Yes If yes, where?
5. What year is this for you at Sac State?
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Expected Date
of Graduation:
6. Are you willing to work nights and weekends?
Yes
No
Weekdays?
Yes
No
During mid-terms and finals?
Yes
No
From 6pm-2am?
Yes
No
After 2am?
Yes
No
7. Do you have any special training (CPR, EMT, Class B CDL, Guard Card, etc.)?
No
Yes If yes list below and include
expiration dates.
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8. Have you ever worked in a security related position?
No
Yes If yes, indicate in Employment History Section of App.
9. Have you ever been fired from a place of employment?
No
Yes If yes, explain below
Explain:
10. Have you ever held a supervisory, promoted, or leadership position at work, volunteer, or other related areas?
No
Yes If yes, explain below
Explain:
11. Please list any foreign languages you are fluent in:
Speak:
Read:
Write:
12. Do you know anyone in the CSO Program who would give you a reference?
No
Yes If yes, list their names below
Names:
13. How did you hear/learn that the CSO Program were hiring? Check One:
Through a friend
From a flyer
Through a recruiting table
Through a presentation
Through an Advertisement
From a website From Handshake Career Placement Other
Part II: Essay
ESSAY INSTRUCTION
Briefly explain the following:
1. Your knowledge of the different aspects of the CSO Program.
2. What attracted to you to this position.
3. Any personal attributes, skills, or experiences that make you a good employee.
Please follow the following guidelines: 1) type your essay (1 page limit) in the Essay Section and 2) Type/Print your
name at the top of the essay. Do not forget to answer ALL three questions. If you do not have access to a computer,
please print neatly following the same guidelines.
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that the essay is the most crucial stage of your application as it allows us personal insight
into why you should be hired.
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Part II: Essay Section
Name (Last, First, MI):
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Part III. Employment Application
General Instructions: Please type or neatly print the information on this application.
Personal Information
Name (Last, First, MI):
Address (Number, Street, City, Sate, Zip Code):
Sac State Email Address:
Personal Email Address:
Cell Phone:
Sac State Student ID # (If Current Student):
Driver’s License #:
State:
DL Class:
Other names you have used while employed:
Employment History: List your present or most recent employer first. Account for all times during the past ten years, including
periods of unemployment. Include military and major volunteer experience. If you held significantly different positions with the
same employer, list them separately. Use additional applications as needed.
Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
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Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
Employer:
Job Title:
Job Duties:
Part-Time # of hours worked per week:
Full - Time
Dates of Employment:
Reason for Leaving:
Supervisor’s Name/Title:
Phone:
May we contact your current/most recent employer for reference?
Yes No Yes, After Offer Only
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Education: List all education you have received. Include high school, business, technical, military, professional, college and
university.
School Name
Major
Units
GPA
Degree
Licenses, Certificates: Include type of license or certification, number, issuing state/organization and expiration date.
Licenses, Certificates:
Other Job Skills: List other job-related skills such as computer hardware, software, typing speed, and/or Microsoft Office.
Other Job Skills:
Required Information: Please check the appropriate box for each question.
Positions designated as “sensitive” require fingerprinting to conduct a criminal background check. The fingerprints will be used to
obtain records of any criminal history you may have. A conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from consideration for
employment. Sacramento State Police Department may consider the nature, date and circumstances of the offense as well as
whether the offense is relevant to the duties of the position for which you have applied. A conviction is any plea of guilty or nolo
contendere (no contest) or a verdict of guilty.
1. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense by any court in California
Yes No
You may omit:
a. Traffic violations for which the fine imposed was $300.00 or less;
b. Any conviction that has been sealed, expunged or legally eradicated;
c. Any offense which was finally settled in juvenile court or referred to the youth authority;
d. Any misdemeanor conviction for which probation has been successfully completed or otherwise
discharged AND the case has been judicially dismissed pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4. To
qualify for omission under Penal Code section 1203.4, an individual must have taken an affirmative
action to file a petition with a court to have the conviction set aside and been successful in that action.
2. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense in another State?
(Criminal convictions in another State may be considered in the evaluation of your application.)
Yes No
3. Have you ever been convicted of a federal crime, as defined in 42 USC 1320a-7(i) or been excluded from
participating in any federal or state healthcare program?
Yes
No
4. Are you 18 years or older? If your answer is “yes”, go to question 6.
Yes No
5. If you are under 18, you must have a high school degree or a GED certificate, or have a valid work permit in
order to be employed by the University. Do you meet this requirement?
Yes
No
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6. Upon hire, will you be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. as specified in the Immigration
Reform and Control Act of 1986?
Yes
No
7. Do you have a valid California Driver’s License?
Yes No
8. Have you ever been released or discharged from employment or resigned to avoid such release or
discharge? If yes, please provide date(s) and circumstances below:
Yes
No
EMPLOYMENT NOTICES
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the
principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age,
sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or
disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.
It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are
employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or
interviewing process, visit http://www.csus.edu/hr/departments/equal-opportunity/index.html.
Under Federal law, Candidate(s) must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform
and Control Act of 1986.
Privacy Notice
The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires the University to provide the following information to individuals who are
asked to supply personal information about themselves: (1) the principal purpose for requesting and collecting the personal information on this
form is to comply with applicable State and Federal laws; (2) providing the personal information is mandatory, unless otherwise noted;(3) the
personal information will be kept confidential and used only in accordance with applicable laws; (4) the personal information will be given to
government enforcement agencies if these agencies request such information, or as otherwise required by law; (5) individuals have the right to
review their own records in accordance with University personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements
Notice of Availability of Sacramento State Annual Security Report
As provided by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, prospective employees are
entitled to request a copy of the Sacramento State Annual Security Report prepared in compliance with this Act. The current Annual Security
Report (ASR) is available for viewing at www.csus.edu/police/cleryact.htm. The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy
statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and
alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years.
Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union or by calling (916) 278-2788.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I,______________________________________________, wish to be considered for employment with the Sacramento State Police Department.
I certify that all the statements made on this application are true, complete, and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and are made
in good faith. I hereby authorize the Sacramento State Police Department and its agents to investigate and verify all statements obtained in my
employment application and to obtain information concerning my qualifications as a prospective employee. I understand that job-related
background checks are required for certain positions, the check will be conducted and completed before appointment or promotion to that
position. I understand that failure to provide mandatory information and/or falsification may be grounds for disqualification or separation. In
connection with the investigation of this application, I authorize the Sacramento State Police Department to contact each of my former
employers, educational institutions and references listed herein. I also authorize each of the former employers, educational institutions and the
references listed herein to give the Sacramento State Police Department any and all information concerning my education, previous
employment, and any pertinent information they may have regarding my work performance, whether such information is favorable or
unfavorable to me. I hereby fully release all such persons and entities from any liability with respect to furnishing such information to the
Sacramento State Police Department, and waive any claims I may have against them with respect to release of such information. I also authorize
Sacramento State Police Department to release such employment information as necessary to those employees and agents of the Sacramento
State Police Department who require such information to investigate or to make a decision with respect to any matter of my employment.
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