Police Cadet

Martinez, CA
Martinez Police Department

Salary: $15.50 – $21.50 Hourly.

Position Summary:

This position allows young men and women, age 16 to 22, who are interested in a career in law enforcement to experience the opportunity to work in and around the police department.

The cadet will be trained and allowed to perform a variety of duties throughout the department, to give them experience in the many functions within the police department. The experience they gain will help them in their decision on whether to seek a career in law enforcement and, if so, may assist them in accomplishing their goal.

A cadet will normally work 20 hours per week not to exceed 1000 hours in a fiscal year. This position is not eligible for City benefits. Paid sick leave will be accrued in accordance with the Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1522).

Essential Functions:

  • The cadet may perform a variety of tasks in the police department including administrative support for the records unit, executive assistant, and command staff; as well as providing routine assistance to the patrol and investigations units.
  • Persons in this classification work for the police department in a non-sworn capacity.
  • Police cadets may wear a uniform at times, but do not carry firearms or perform any enforcement duties.
  • Police cadets may work both inside of the police department building and, on the street, performing duties on an “as-needed” basis.
  • The cadet may be required to work some nights, weekends, special events, or holidays.


  • Cadets are expected to possess high moral standards, use sound judgement, and seek continuous improvement.
  • Applicants must possess a valid California driver’s license with a good driving record, be enrolled in school, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a thorough background investigation conducted by the police department.
  • Cadets hired by the agency, who continue to meet standards, may remain in the Cadet program until their 22nd birthday.