Community Service Officer

Community Service Officer

So you want to start your career in Law Enforcement? Look no further! The Community Service Officer position is your starting point. An application for this position is the start of something new, exciting, and rewarding.

The Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term*) performs non-sworn, duties in support of a variety of police operations. In addition, candidates attend and participate in the Sacramento Police Academy or Community Service Officer Academy to receive basic law enforcement training in various laws, police procedures, law enforcement techniques, first aid, and acquires physical and critical thinking skills. CSO 's are paid $27.96 an hour.


All Candidates MUST meet the following:

  • Be at least 18 years old at time of application.
  • Possess a HS Diploma (or GED test equivalent).
  • Be enrolled in minimum of 12 semester college units.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.

*This is a Limited-term position; CSO's must be able to meet minimum qualifications to advance to police officer within five (5) years of appointment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

While attending the Sacramento Police Academy or Community Service Officer Academy, a Community Service Officer I (Limited-Term) receives instructions in:

  • The Sacramento Police Department's organization, chain of command, and rules and regulations.
  • Identification and utilization of principles and techniques that promote community service, crime prevention, and appropriate behavior.
  • Proficient application of the rules of evidence.
  • Effective and professional communications through written, oral, and mechanical media.
  • The Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) which includes skid training, high speed pursuit, defensive driving, and emergency driving.
  • Basic criminal investigation processes and techniques, including the identification, collection, and preservation of evidence, courtroom testimony, and witness interviews.
  • Physical fitness and defense techniques programs.
  • Enforcement and procedural aspects of criminal law and the legal obligations inherent in enforcement of those laws.

Position’s Benefits


Annual Pay

Health Insurance

Medical, Dental, Vision

Retirement Plan

PERS Retirement, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, and HSA

Paid Time Off

Vacations and Sick Leave

Tuition Reimbursement

$1,500 per year for higher education

Wellness Program

On Duty Workout Time