Police Cadet

La Habra, CA
La Habra Police Department

Part-time 20-28 hours per week

Are you interested in a career in Law Enforcement? Are you a problem-solver? Do you have a sincere desire to help people?

The City of La Habra is seeking motivated individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to join the Police Department as a Police Cadet.

This list will be in effect for a period of one year.


$14.00 – $16.00 Hourly




• Performs clerical duties including maintaining records, answering telephones, data processing, and record retrieval.
• Uses a computer to process information and prepare a variety of reports.
• Assists in the records division performing clerical tasks or taking calls.
• Assists the public at the front counter and over the telephone.
• Answers requests and inquiries from the public and City departments.
• Performs fieldwork, errands, traffic control, and crossing guard duties.
• Prepares and submits completed reports on all cases assigned, conforming to department standards.
• Assists with storage inventory and control of departmental supplies.
• Provides information and directions to the public.
• Assists officers and department personnel in fingerprinting, booking, and radio communications.
• Conducts department tours.
• Assists Investigation Bureau, Traffic Bureau, Court Services, and Property Bureau with miscellaneous tasks and duties.
• Participates in formalized training courses and programs as assigned.
• Lifts and carries equipment and other items and performs strenuous activities.
• Drives a vehicle on City business and assists with vehicle transportation.
• Performs related duties as required.

Experience requirements:

Any combination of experience and education that provides the qualifying knowledge, skills, and abilities. Prefer six months of experience working with the public. The ability to speak Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese or Sign language is also preferred.

Desired Skills:

Knowledge of:
• Basic law enforcement functions.
• Organizational structure of the Police Department.
• Departmental recordkeeping practices.
• Proper English grammar, spelling, and punctuation for the purpose of completing various police reports.
• Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:
• Learn, understand, and apply laws, ordinances, department policies and procedures.
• Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
• Read and write English using proper spelling and grammar.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Work well in the disciplined atmosphere of the Police Department and maintain high ethical standards.
• Accept supervisory authority, understand, and follow oral and written instructions.
• Maintain professionalism, courtesy, and composure at all times, including emergency and high-stress situations.
• Operate standard office equipment, including a personal computer and related word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
• Type at a speed of 35 wpm.
• Work independently.
• Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
• Establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationships staff, management, law enforcement officials, the public and others encountered during the course of work.
• Evaluate situations identify problems, and exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
• Provide excellent customer service skills.