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CSO Program

Our Vision

In support of Cal State San Marcos' vision for excellence in higher education, we are dedicated to ensuring law enforcement based on respect for individual rights, high ethical and performance standards that will provide excellence in public service to a culturally diverse community.

Position Highlights

Community Service Officers (CSOs) are non-sworn personnel of the University Police Department. CSOs are students who work part-time to provide services to the university community. CSOs perform a variety of duties, which include, but are not limited to the following: parking enforcement, building lockups and unlocks, telephone and light checks, crime prevention, security for special events, traffic control, and night escorts to campus parking lots and adjacent property to the University.

Along with regular duties CSOs are given the opportunity to train in other relevant areas, including but not limited to: CPR, First Aid and Traffic Control, ride alongs, building searches and other law enforcement training.

With these training opportunities CSOs are exposed to many aspects of the Law Enforcement field and gain a better understanding of what it takes to be in Law Enforcement. 

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for Community Service Officer (CSO). If you would like to apply please download the application. It is recommended that you submit a resume along with the application. Please send the completed application or questions about the program via email to Please use your cougars email for any correspondence. This will prevent your email from being quarantined, which could result in your email not being opened.

Minimum Qualifications

Community Service Officers:

  1. Valid California Driver’s License
  2. 18 years of age at time of appointment.
  3. Enrolled at CSUSM with a minimum of 6.0 semester units.
  4. Minimum of a 2.0 GPA or above.
  5. Pass a Background investigation, including a DOJ fingerprint check.


Starts at $15.50/Hour

CSO's can work up to 20 Hours while school is in session and up to 40 hours during school breaks and over the summer depending on department need.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed on an "as needed" basis and are purged semi-annually. If you have not been called for an interview by the end of the semester, you are welcome to reapply the following semester.

After applications are reviewed, candidates in possession of the minimum qualifications may be invited to participate in an oral panel interview. The interviews are graded on a pass/fail basis. The interview panel refers the qualified candidates to the Program Supervisor for final appointment consideration.

Final appointment to the position of Community Service Officer will be contingent upon passing the Background Investigation.