Police Cadet

Oceanside, CA
Oceanside Police Department

The City of Oceanside is accepting applications for the position of Police Cadet. This is a part-time, non-benefited, civilian position.

The Oceanside Police Department has the opportunity to use or access grant funding to award an internship and a scholarship to those selected. Along with a paid (20) hour a week Cadet position at the Police Department, each selected individual will receive a scholarship for tuition and expenses up to $2,500 annually for a period not to exceed two (2) years.

$13.00 Hourly


The Police Cadet provides assistance to the Police Department by performing a variety of duties including assisting with special events such as setting up barricades, traffic control, delivering and setting up equipment and materials; assisting the Homeless Outreach Team with field duties; pick up, transport, deliver and place into storage archived files; provides courier service to the Police Department; may assist customers at the public counter of the Police Department; and performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must be at least 18 up to 20 ½ years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent and must be currently enrolled on a full-time basis in an accredited college or university program with emphasis in criminal justice, and/or demonstrate intent to pursue a degree in criminal justice or related field.

1. Successfully complete and submit the application form.
2. Be a high school graduate or graduating senior with an overall 2.5 GPA.
3. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing a degree or Certificate in a field related to the policing profession. It will be the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate how the selected field of study is related to the policing profession.
4. Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher while enrolled at an accredited college or university with a minimum of twelve (12) semester units each semester. Failure to maintain the minimum 2.5 GPA or semester units will result in the loss of the cadet internship and the scholarship.
5. Does not have to be a resident of the City of Oceanside; however, Oceanside residents will be given preference.
6. Not be eligible to apply as a police officer at time of starting cadet internship and receiving scholarship.
7. Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers, etc.
8. Successfully pass a thorough police background, polygraph, psychological, and a medical examination, which will include drug screening.
9. Does not have to be an Explorer; however, preference will be given to members of the Explorer Program within the Oceanside Police Department.
10. Possess a valid California Class C Driver's License at time of appointment.