Community Service Officer (CSO) Program
SDSU Police Department facilitates the academic
process by providing a safe and secure environment in which to pursue academic
excellence. CSOs are SDSU students, in good academic standing,
who work for the police department as civilian employees. CSOs assist the campus community and provide an extra set of
"eyes and ears" for the police department. By fulfilling these duties
we believe that we have established one of the most successful and professional
student assistant programs in the country.
Law Enforcement CSO
The SDSU Police
Department offers currently employed Community Service Officers the opportunity
to partake in the law enforcement-training program. The CSOs who wish to take
advantage of this opportunity learn about law enforcement first-hand. Students
are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities. They attend lectures where
they learn about criminal law and procedures from the penal and vehicle codes,
case law and court practices, drug violations and addiction, prisoner
processing and searches, police tactics and other law enforcement procedures.
The students tour the San Diego County Jail, crime lab, and partake in scenario
exercises and training. The CSOs who attend this training then ride with patrol
officers and are able to use what they learn through the program and assist
police officers in the field. The goal of the program is to ready those
students interested in careers in law enforcement through practical learning
exercises and experiences.