Police Cadet

Manassas, VA
Prince William County Police Department

Attention all soon-to-be high school graduates and college students! Are you looking for a great way to earn a full-time salary, acquire valuable skills and learn about the exciting career of law enforcement? The Prince William County Police Department is seeking candidates for the position of Police Cadet. Designed for individuals 18 to 20 years of age who desire to become a police officer, Police Cadets gain firsthand experience in a variety of areas of law enforcement to include Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Forensics and Administrative Support.

This is a full-time, paid position with benefits that includes a flexible schedule for continuing education classes. Those selected will receive on the job training and also participate in weekly physical fitness sessions. At age 21, Cadets are considered for transition to the Police Academy and become certified police officers upon graduation. Please note that upon age 21, Police Cadets must meet all eligibility criteria and be selected for a police officer position, or their status as a Police Cadet will end.

$27,846.00 – $47,248.50 Annually

2/17/2019 11:59 PM Eastern


Performs entry level administrative and operational support functions within the Police Department involving a variety of law enforcement functions; participates in on-the-job training in various areas of law enforcement including traffic control, crime prevention, and crime scene investigation procedures.

Work is performed under close supervision of a Police Sergeant or a Unit Supervisor in the Police Cadet Program. The purpose of the Police Cadet classification is to develop personnel with potential for eventual placement as a Police Officer.


The Police Cadet positions differ from the Police Officer I in that the Police Officer I has successfully completed the Police Academy training and functions as a sworn Police Officer, whereas, the Police Cadet performs administrative support functions and receives on-the-job training in various areas of law enforcement.


Performs routine administrative functions related to Police operational support;
Assists Police personnel with traffic control duties; sorting and filing reports; fingerprinting, scene security; securing and impounding evidence at crime scenes; and special projects;
Assists in inventory control and receiving and issuing supplies;
Enters and retrieves data from computer terminal, PC or other technical devices in various divisions of the Police Department;
Participates in on-the-job training in various areas of law enforcement;
Answers the telephones and provides routine information to citizens and staff;
Assists in transporting Police vehicles between fleet maintenance and the Police Department;
Assists outdoors at special events, traffic control and police facilities;
Participates in on-the-job training in the areas of traffic control, investigations, crime prevention, and crime scene investigation procedures



General knowledge of computers and operating systems typically used in an office setting; some knowledge of office practices and procedures pertaining to various Police divisions, program or functions to which this position is assigned; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to recognize and identify activities or actions that may become a problem requiring immediate attention; ability to acquire knowledge of Police methods, practices, procedures and techniques and apply the knowledge where applicable to specific situations; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with others.

Education and Experience
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school.

Special Requirements
Must possess a valid driver's license;
Must pass DMV record check, polygraph, criminal background investigation and pre-employment physical fitness examination prior to selection for the Police Cadet Program.