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 for 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. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located 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.
PATROL: 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.
REPORTING: Reporting 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 concer.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: 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.
TRAINING: Be proficient in the use of department approved/issued weapons & tools, i.e. mace, baton, firearms, 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, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of 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.
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 required.
Possess a valid CA driver's license and participate in the DMV Pull Notice Program required.
To Apply: Visit 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.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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 http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu
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.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.