The East Bay Regional Park District Public Safety Student Aide (PSSA) Program is designed to provide college students with the opportunity to work in the public safety field while attending school. The position provides on-the-job training for students desiring careers in law enforcement, fire protection, dispatching, evidence, and other careers in the field of public safety.
The PSSA Program is open to college students currently enrolled in a minimum of nine units and must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA. Must possess and retain a valid California driver license. Applicants must complete an EBRPD application and a supplemental statement, pass a pre-selection interview, and successfully pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting.
PSSAs obtain valuable work experience through training sessions, administrative assignments, ride-alongs with police officers and firefighters, assignments in traffic control, evidence delivery, and other related tasks. PSSAs are assigned to a specific unit in the department and rotate annually to increase knowledge and skills in all areas of public safety. PSSAs are required to wear prescribed uniforms, and they receive a uniform allowance.