Patrol Division

Community Service Officer Program

Community Service Officers (CSOs) are SDSU students, in good academic standing, who work for the police department as civilian employees. 

The University Police Department offers currently employed CSOs the opportunity to partake in the law enforcement training program. 

CSO Duties:

  • Conduct regular inspections of all university property, particularly parking areas, grounds and buildings
  • Enforce parking and permit regulations
  • Operate the Red & Black Shuttle 
  • Lock/unlock university buildings/facilities
  • Observe and report suspicious activity, hazardous conditions and/or criminal violations
  • Provide security services for campus organizations and/or functions
  • Give directions and other types of aid to the campus community
  • Staff the Parking Information Kiosk
  • Perform enforcement, administrative, security and/or investigative functions as directed
  • Bike patrol 

CSO Academy: 

The University Police Department offers currently employed Community Service Officers (CSO’s) the opportunity to partake in the CSO Academy. This voluntary opportunity allows CSOs to 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 goal of the program is to prepare students interested in law enforcement by providing them with practical learning exercises and experiences.