Police Department

Hiring Process

Section 1

The CSO hiring process consists of 5 steps:

  1. Completing the online application
  2. Phone interview
  3. On-site interview
  4. The Background Investigation & Reference Check
  5. Live Scan Fingerprinting

All five steps must be successfully completed before a final hiring decision can be made. Applicants may, however, be rejected during any of the phases due to unsatisfactory qualifications. Positions will be offered to the most qualified applicants based on the cumulative results of the interviews, background investigation, and reference checks. The hiring process can take between four to six weeks, but can last longer due to unforeseen delays.

Newly hired CSOs undergo a two week training program, after which they are placed on probationary status pending completion of certain requirements. The length of the probationary status will vary with each employee.

For more information, please contact the CSO Coordinator at (949) 824-7369

1. The Application

The application is scored utilizing a standardized point scale in which certain general requirements must be met. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Currently enrolled full-time UCI student (UCI extension students do not qualify).
  • Have at least 1 academic year remaining at UCI.
  • Being above a 2.4 GPA (cumulatively and quarterly)
  • Possessing a valid class C driver license (has not been previously suspended or revoked).
  • The ability to work 12-19 hours per week, including weekends.

Additional points may be awarded based on the hours that the applicant is available to work, work history, related job experience, current certifications, and any attached letters of recommendation. The accumulation of points in the application phase will be used to determine whether an applicant will proceed to the next phase of the hiring process.

2. The Phone Interview

The phone interview is a formal interview which is scored on a standardized point scale. The applicant will be evaluated in various areas including communication skills, general levels of knowledge, and work availability.

3. The On-Site Interview

The on-site interview is conducted at UCI Police Department with a panel of interviewers. The applicant will be evaluated in various areas including problem solving, communication skills, public relations, physical ability, general levels of knowledge. The interviewers will pose hypothetical scenarios in an effort to evaluate competency in the above mentioned areas.

4. The Background Investigation and Reference Check

This phase of the hiring process consists of the background investigation and reference checks. The preliminary investigation will cover your education, residential history, employment, driving record, and student conduct. The background investigator will talk to your references about your work ethic, your attitude, and your overall demeanor.

5. Live Scan Fingerprinting

The final phase of the background process involves the fingerprinting background check with the Department of Justice and FBI.