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Southwestern College
  • Position Number: 2255120
  • Location: Chula Vista, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Sergeant, College Police and Safety

Southwestern College

Work Site: 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Department: College Police

District Values
Incumbents in District positions are expected to exhibit an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, and employees, including those with physical or learning disabilities, and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

Southwestern College Police Department Mission Statement
The Southwestern College Police Department is entrusted with a tremendous responsibility to serve the campus communities with skillful, dedicated, and compassionate constitutional policing and public safety services. We recognize that effective law enforcement relies upon partnerships with those we serve and this is only obtained by building and fostering trust. We pledge to work cooperatively with those we serve to promote a safe and positive learning environment.

In support of the Districts Mission, Vision & Values, all District employees are committed to serving a diverse community of students and to providing equitable support services that offer clear pathways to student learning and success. The District strives to maintain a student-centered environment that intentionally identifies and removes barriers in order to cultivate success for all, and purposefully addresses the effects of systemic inequities. The removal of systemic inequalities includes honoring and respecting diversity and fostering a safe and welcoming community where all are inspired to participate and realize a sense of belonging. It also includes utilizing natural, physical, and financial resources equitably, effectively, and respectfully in order to support student well-being and success.

Under general direction, plans, schedules, trains, deploys, organizes, supervises, and reviews the work of College Police Department staff, including armed officers, for an assigned shift; performs the full range of field and office work in connection with patrol, investigations, crime prevention and communications dispatch; assists with administrative functions for the department; fosters cooperative working relationships with other District departments, outside agencies, and the communities served; performs related work as assigned.

1. Plans, schedules, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of sworn and nonsworn law enforcement staff on an assigned shift.
2. Plans, develops, presents, coordinates, and maintains records of training programs; trains staff in work methods and procedures; ensures that all personnel are in compliance with mandated training and are in possession of required certifications.
3. Schedules the work of law enforcement staff to provide for coverage and makes day-to-day assignments as required by the needs of the department.
4. Responds to crime scenes, accidents, or emergencies, and supervises College Police and Safety Department activities, including participating in any or all crime scene processes; providing technical advice, direction, and basic medical assistance; and requesting additional resources as necessary.
5. Participates in crime prevention programs; prepares and delivers presentations on campus safety to students, faculty, staff, and the public; reviews, interprets, updates, and recommends purchase of crime prevention materials; investigates crime prevention methods and training materials for officers.
6. Addresses any complaints or concerns from students, members of the public, or District staff or faculty regarding public safety issues, and takes appropriate measures as necessary to ensure an expedient and satisfactory resolution.
7. Coordinates and carries out the execution of operational plans for District sporting events, graduations, and other events, including supervision of sworn and non-sworn staff deployed at events, and implementation of traffic control and crowd management plans and emergency response protocols.
8. Acts as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other entities as directed.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities:
Principles, practices, methods and techniques related to patrol, parking and traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, and protection of life and property.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review, and evaluation, and the training of staff in work methods and procedures.
Applicable federal, state, local and District laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures relevant to assigned programs, projects, and operations.
Criminal investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
Courtroom procedures and practices for testifying.
Safety practices and equipment related to law enforcement work, including the safe and proper care of firearms.
Contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity as related to higher education.
Modern office practices, procedures, technology, and computer equipment and applications, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications.
Principles and procedures of record-keeping including law enforcement records.
English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation.
Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the students, staff, faculty, representatives of outside organizations, and members of the public, including individuals of diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, physical ability, and sexual orientation.

Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
Gather and analyze data, evaluate alternatives, and make sound recommendations.
Observe crime and accident scenes and other situations accurately, recall faces, names, descriptive characteristics, facts of incidents, and places.
Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, local and District laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
Identify and respond to community issues, concerns, and needs.
Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations within general policy and legal guidelines.
Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and radio, and in writing.
Understand scope of authority in making independent decisions.
Use tact, initiative, prudence, ethics, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Interact effectively with individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, including stressful or confrontational situations.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Equivalent to the completion of an Associate degree with major coursework in criminal justice or a related field.
Seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public safety or law enforcement, INCLUDING five (5) years of Peace Officer experience.

Minimum Qualifications: (Faculty and Academic Administrator Positions Only)

Desirable Qualifications:

Range 28, Steps 1-5, $7,324.83-$8,903.17. An excellent benefits package which includes medical, vision, dental, retirement, vacation, generous sick leave package, and life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents. This position is a classified exempt position in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and California Education Code Section 88020. The employee holding this position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Start Date

As soon as the successful candidate is identified and following the subsequent governing board approval.

Screening Deadline
All application materials must be received on-line at Position is open until filled. Applications received by the first screening deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 4, 2021 are guaranteed to be reviewed by the selection committee. Any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed a review.

Work Schedule:
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Approximately) Successful candidate may be assigned to any of the campus sites (Chula Vista, National City, Otay Mesa, and/or San Ysidro).

Additional Information:
We regret we are unable to accept faxed, e-mailed, mailed, or hand delivered application materials. Only complete application materials submitted through SWC online system will be accepted. To complete and submit your application for this position, please visit our online employment website at All required information must be submitted online before the review date and time indicated on the job posting.

A confirmation number will be assigned if your application packet has been successfully submitted. Assistance with the online application process is available through the Human Resources Office at 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91910; telephone: (619) 482-6395 or e-mail to

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials are received by the review deadline date. A separate, complete application packet is required for each position for which you are applying for. All materials included in your application packet become District property, will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this opening only.

Candidates selected for employment with Southwestern Community College District must be fingerprinted by an electronic fingerprinting service (i.e. LiveScan) within 10 days of employment; provide clearance of tuberculosis (dated within the past 4 years and renewed every four years as a condition of continued employment) within 60 days of employment; provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

In addition to the above, for Faculty/Administrator positions (only), successful candidate must submit official (sealed) college transcripts confirming date degree conferred and/or a valid CA Community College Credential.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to candidates with verified disabilities. Accommodation requests should be made at the time the interview appointment is scheduled.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Southwestern Community College District will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

The Southwestern Community College District shall not discriminate against any person in employment or in any program affiliated with the District on the basis of age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, race, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security Report Southwestern College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report is available on the SWCPD website at

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security Report, which contains this information, you can stop by the SWC College Police Department or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (619) 482-6390.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention; public safety authority; crime reporting policies; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; the procedures the College will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the SWC College Police Department.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Plan (DAAPP) More information about the DAAPP, including the Drug Free Environment and Drug Prevention Program Policy and Procedure and Biennial report can be found in the Health and Safety Section of the campus Consumer Information page (

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