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Police Cadet

Must be between 18 and 22 years of age at time of appointment. Any combination of education/experience equivalent to the status of high school senior. If a high school graduate or equivalent, must be currently enrolled, or scheduled to enroll, in a minimum of 12 college semester units. Incumbents must maintain a minimum "C" average in high school, or maintain a course load of at least 12 college semester units/quarter system equivalent and maintain a grade "C" minimum.

  • Proportional height to weight.
  • Be physically able to handle the duties of a Police Cadet successfully.
  • Normal hearing and color perception.
  • Minimum vision of 20/100 in each eye, correctable to 20/20.

Ability to understand and follow verbal and written directions; read, understand and comply with City/Departmental rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and laws; maintain accurate records; prepare various reports and forms; learn to operate various types of office equipment; communicate clearly in verbal and written form; establish and maintain effective working relationships, and possession of, or the ability to obtain, a class "C" California Driver's License and a satisfactory driving record.

Police Cadets serve as non-sworn police auxiliary personnel working (20) twenty hours per week. Cadets may be eligible to work 40 hours per week during non-school periods. Under immediate supervision, performs various clerical and beginning level technical support police work. This position is aimed at individuals considering a career in law enforcement. Participants in the Cadet Program gain exposure to and understanding of police work performed in a municipal police department. Cadets may work in this program until 23 years of age. Work may be performed primarily in a field setting under a full range of environmental conditions and in a traditional office setting. Cadets may work with and/or in close proximity with chemicals, blood products, and various controlled substances. Irregular work assignments, work on holidays and evenings may be required. Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Clerical tasks in support of the Police Records Bureau including copying, shredding documents, filing and pulling citations and warrants.
  2. Processes outgoing and incoming mail.
  3. Interacts with public on telephone and prepares various forms and reports at the Police Department's front desk.
  4. Issues licenses and performs matron duties as needed.
  5. Assists in the maintenance of police facilities and vehicles.
  6. Assists with inventory tasks and preparation of items for public auction.
  7. Assists with educational and public awareness programs.
  8. Perform fingerprinting of applicants and citizens for identification purposes as necessary.
  9. Assists in stocking office, storerooms, shooting range and other areas with appropriate equipment, forms, paper, and other necessary supplies.
  10. Directs traffic and provides assistance at congested traffic scenes or traffic hazards as assigned.
  11. Issues citations to vehicles in violation of City parking restrictions.

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