Police Cadet

Fontana, CA
Fontana Police Department

The Cadet Program is designed to introduce recent high school graduates (ages 18 to 24) to a law enforcement career and to prepare them for entry into the Police Academy. Under direct supervision, perform a wide variety of police support duties and clerical assistance for the Fontana Police Department; establish, grow, and preserve positive relationships between the community and the Police Department.


$14.00 – $17.02 Hourly




• Learn various policing techniques that will preserve and strive to improve the quality of life within the City, such as problem-solving policing and intelligence-led policing strategies that encourage and build positive relationships between the Fontana Police Department and the community.
• Establish, grow, and preserve positive relationships between the community and the Police Department.
• Emphasize community interaction and collaborative problem solving between the Fontana Police Department and the community; continue to build diverse community-based partnerships guided by innovation and perseverance to ensure Fontana's future as a well-developed, dignified, and respected community.
• Perform reception duties; greet visitors and direct to appropriate staff; answer questions and provide general information to the public; answer phones and forward calls as appropriate.
• Provide assistance in property control as needed; log incoming property into computer, release property, transport evidence to crime lab, appear in court to testify regarding the validity of evidence.
• Provide support assistance and learn the duties performed in but not limited to the following areas: lobby reception, records, crime prevention, dispatch, patrol, and property control.
• Provide clerical support as needed; type, file, provide requested forms and reports; release vehicles to individuals as appropriate.
• Maintain current enrollment and satisfactory completion of the equivalent of at least 9 semester units of law enforcement related college courses in order to participate in the Cadet program.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Learn, understand, interpret and apply Police Department policies and procedures.
• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
• Meet P.O.S.T. medical guidelines.
• Maintain prompt and regular attendance.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
• Perform any other tasks or functions deemed necessary to the daily operations of the employer.
• This position is always evolving. Therefore, employer reserves the right to modify this job description as necessary.

Educational requirements:

• Current and continuous enrollment in an accredited college or university with college level course work in law enforcement.
• The incumbent must be a minimum of 18 years old and a maximum of 24 years old.

Experience requirements:

Must possess, at the time of hire and continuously throughout, a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License or equivalent.

Desired Skills:

Successful candidates will have some basic knowledge of modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment and effective public communication techniques. The employee must have the ability to:
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals, all while being free from any bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, etc.
• Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
• Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.


• Be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as provided in Section 2267 of the Vehicle Code.
• Be fingerprinted for purposes of search of local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose a criminal record.
• Be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation.
• Be a high school graduate, pass the General Education Development Test or other high school equivalency test approved by the State Department of Education that indicates high school graduation level, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have attained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited college or university. The high school shall be either a United States public school, an accredited United States Department of Defense high school, or an accredited or approved public or nonpublic high school. Any accreditation or approval required by this subdivision shall be from a state or local government educational agency using local or state government approved accreditation, licensing, registration, or other approval standards, a regional accrediting association, an accrediting association recognized by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education, an accrediting association holding full membership in the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), an organization holding full membership in AdvancED, an organization holding full membership in the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), or an accrediting association recognized by the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations (NFNSSAA).
• Be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition, including bias against race or ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer.