Police Department

Community Service Officers

Community Service Officers (CSO)

Community Service Officers (CSO) are non-sworn student employees serving as the "eyes and ears" of the UCI Public Safety Department. They perform duties in crime prevention and safety, providing a communication link between the campus community and the Public Safety Department.

About CSO

Learn more about the CSO Program

CSO are dedicated students who serve as the "eyes and ears" for the Public Safety Department.

Learn more about the CSO Program

CSO Service Request

CSO Service Request

CSO are available to assist with services (e.g. event guides or ushers) for your event.

Submit a CSO Service Request

Safety Escorts

Learn about the Safety Escort Service

The CSO program offers 24/7 safety escorts for all UCI community members. Call 824-SAFE (7233).

Learn more about Safety Escorts

Unlock Requests

Weekend unlock services

CSOs are available to assist with your weekend unlock requests.

Submit a Weekend Unlock Request

About the CSO Program

CSO Objectives

  • Provide a safe learning and living environment for UCI.
  • Promote and encourage safety within the campus community.
  • Provide a positive link between students and UCI Public Safety.
  • Establish an open line of communication on a peer group level.
  • Help to deter crime on campus.
  • Maintain a positive image for the UCI Public Safety Department.
CSO Objectives

CSO Responsibilities

  • Answering the public's questions.
  • Patrolling campus grounds.
  • Assisting with community functions and athletic events.
  • Providing general security services for special events on campus.
  • Conducting nightly safety escorts.
  • Opening and closing campus facilities.

CSO Responsibilities

Become a CSO

No matter your area of study or career goals, the CSO program is always looking for responsible and hardworking students who will enjoy serving their peers and promoting safety here at UCI and the Irvine community. We consistently maintain a diverse group of student employees who come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Working as a CSO is an extremely valuable and unique experience. Our student staff take pride in working for the CSO Program and many of them go on to succeed in their careers after college graduation, especially in the field of law enforcement.

The UCI Public Safety Department places education as a top priority, offering our CSOs a flexible work schedule that revolves around class schedules and extracurricular activities.

Why this opportunity is great for you!

  • On-campus job that's open to all majors
  • Starting pay is $13.00/hr ($13.50/hr Post-Training)
  • We work around your school schedule, including midterms and finals
  • No law enforcement experience required
  • Opportunities to promote within the program


  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate UCI student (UCI Division of Continuing Education students do not qualify)
  • Must currently meet or exceed a 2.4 GPA (cumulatively and quarterly)
  • Have at least 1 academic year remaining at UCI
  • Ability to work 12-19 hours per week
  • Availability to work nights and weekends
  • A valid Class C drivers license (has not been previously suspended or revoked)
  • Able to communicate clearly on the radio and use an earpiece at all times
  • Ability to lift between 10-40 lbs.
  • Ability to pass a law enforcement level background check
  • Possess leadership qualities
  • Ability to communicate assertively
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm
  • Must have a high degree of integrity


  • Customer service experience
  • Interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement is a plus!

CSO Alumni

 cso back


Want to know how your CSO experience can apply to your career goals? We are proud of our alumni as they have gone on to succeed in all types of jobs and careers, using their talents to make a meaningful difference. Many of our CSOs have gone on to pursue successful careers in law enforcement, signing on with some of the most prestigious agencies around the country!

UC Irvine Police Department Police Officer/Corporal/Sergeant; Dispatcher; Professional Staff
UC Berkeley Police Department K-9 Officer
UC Los Angeles Police Department Police Officer
Anaheim Police Department Dispatcher; Detective
Brentwood Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Officer
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer
Chino Police Department Police Officer
Coronado Police Department Police Officer
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Police Officer
Fremont Police Department Detective
Hawthorne Police Department Lieutenant
Huntington Beach Police Department Police Officer
Irvine Police Department Chief of Police; Police Officer; SWAT Officer
Long Beach Police Department Police Sergeant
LA County Dept. of Medical Examiner-Coroner Coroner Investigator
LA County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Police Officer
Orange County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sheriff
Redondo Beach Police Department Police Officer
Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Sheriff
San Bernardino County Probation Probation Officer III
San Diego Police Department Police Officer
San Francisco Police Department Police Officer
San Jose Police Department Senior Crime & Intelligence Analyst; Police Officer
Tustin Police Department Chief of Police
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent
United States Postal Inspection Service Postal Inspector
Ventura County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sheriff

Safety Escorts

safety escort helping cyclist

The CSO Safety Escort program is a free service provided to members of the UCI community as a safe alternative to walking alone at night.

CSO's are equipped with radios that allow them to keep in constant communication with the Police Department.

When requesting an escort, please provide the dispatcher with the following information:

      1. Your name
      2. Your location
      3. Your cell phone number
      4. Your destination

A uniformed CSO will then meet you and escort you to your destination.

This program is not intended to replace existing transportation services such as the Campus Shuttles or to discourage individuals from walking in groups. Rather it is designed to enhance campus community safety.

  Don't Walk Alone


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, safety escorts will be conducted on foot. 'Rides' will be suspended to ensure everyone's safety.  

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days

a week.


For a free Safety Escort,
call (949) 824-SAFE (7233)


Frequently Asked Questions