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About Cal State San Marcos
Founded in 1989, Cal State San Marcos opened its doors to students in the fall of 1990. It is the first of a new generation of Cal State Universities. More than 11,000 students currently attend the 304-acre campus, located in the foothills of northern San Diego County just a short distance from some of Southern California's best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. Cal State San Marcos offers the ambiance of a small, personal campus with the unequalled value of The California State University.
Our Vision
The Vision of the Cal State San Marcos Police Department is to be the finest police agency of its kind.
Position Highlights
Cal State San Marcos Police Officers are duly sworn, armed Peace Officers of the State of California.  Empowered by section 830.2 (c) of the California Penal Code, Cal State San Marcos Police Officers possess the same authority and adhere to the same state-mandated standards, as municipal police officers.  Therefore, under California law, Cal State San Marcos Police Officers may enforce laws and make arrests anywhere in the state however; we concentrate our efforts on the campus and its immediate surroundings.  Our Department enjoys a positive and close working relationship with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, with whom we share concurrent jurisdiction.
Experience the Opportunities
As a member of the Cal State San Marcos Police Department, you will find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding.  The Department provides opportunities for career development through mentoring, formal training, job assignments and promotions. The work environment is pleasant, professional, and rewarding.  The Department’s motto, “Dedicated to Safety, Service and Education” describes in a few words what is expected from our employees.
The university Human Resources (HR) department puts all of the university's current job opportunities on the HR website (
The University Police offer interested individuals the opportunity to accompany a police officer in the field to observe the patrol activities of the campus and immediate surrounding areas and is called a "ride-along".  This program is offered to better familiarize the university and local communities to the law enforcement function, and to allow those considering a career in law enforcement to better inform themselves on their personal career options. If you are interested in participating in the University Police Ride Along Program, please contact Sergeant Herman Hernandez at (760)750-4567 to schedule your visit.