Community Service Officer
The main purpose of a Community Service Officer (CSO) is to ensure safety and protection by promoting an environment that is conducive to personal growth in an academic community setting. The CSO position is a non-sworn and non-confrontational position. CSOs work in conjunction with officers of the University Police Department by reporting all observed or known violations of university rules, regulations and state laws. The CSO position is an excellent way for criminal justice majors to gain experience and knowledge in the field of law enforcement. It is also an excellent way for those pursuing other majors to gain experience and skills in problem solving, critical thinking and interacting with a wide variety of people.
CSOs are trained to provide security at residence halls and to patrol the campus community during the evening and night hours with the assistance of a partner. While on patrol CSOs perform a variety of duties including: assisting officers or staff members when requested; responding and assisting at fire and medical calls; enforcing parking regulations; and reporting any activities that are suspicious or illegal. In addition, the CSOs report any maintenance, security, and safety problems that they may find during their shift. During patrol shifts, CSOs check all residence halls and university buildings to ensure that they are secure. CSOs also perform the function of Night Security in the residence halls; checking IDs in order for people to gain access to the halls. The CSOs are supplied with uniforms, a duty belt, and other equipment necessary for their job. They are given a variety of training, to include: defense tactics, conflict resolution, CPR, and use of chemical agents and baton.
The UW Oshkosh Police Department recruits quality applicants for the CSO Program on a continuous basis.
Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be kept on file until a hiring process takes place. The department application is attached. Please complete, print, and upload the application to Handshake. Department personnel will be in contact once the application and requested documents are received.
In order to be considered for the CSO Program, you must be:
Eligible for employment in the U.S.;
At least 18 years of age;
Currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, UW Fox Valley, UW Fond du Lac, Fox Valley Technical College, or other area campuses (minimum of 6 credits);
Of good character and free of any felony convictions;
Of exceptional organizational and observation skills;
A good verbal and written communicator;
Able to react quickly and effectively to stressful situations;
Able to handle several tasks simultaneously;
Able to use necessary equipment;
Free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as Community Service Officer;
Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
If you have any questions about the position, or questions about whether you are eligible to apply, please give us a call.