Police Cadet

Costa Mesa, CA
Costa Mesa Police Department

Salary: $20.00 – $24.31 Hourly.

Position Summary:

This classification performs a variety of routine technical and field assignments/activities in support of the total Police Department function. Work is performed under supervision within established procedures and policies and is reviewed by a supervisor during process and upon completion.

Essential Functions:

  • Inventories, impounds and stores abandoned vehicles.
  • Stores and releases property and evidence.
  • Enforces parking ordinances and issues parking citations.
  • Assists at front desk in reception, including report taking, computer data entry, fingerprinting, and filing.
  • Assists in preparation of community programs.
  • Organizes and distributes informational pamphlets and handouts.
  • Processes discovery requests for the District Attorney’s office.
  • Stocks and maintains inventory for CSI supplies.
  • Transports Police Department vehicles for general maintenance.
  • Conducts errands and makes deliveries to various off-site locations in a City vehicle.
  • Conducts tours of Police Facility.
  • Maintains equipment carried in Police Department vehicles.
  • Maintains Fire protection equipment.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Eighteen (18) years of age by date of application.
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  • Current enrollment in an accredited college or university with six or more units of study with an emphasis in political science, social sciences, or related field is highly desirable.
  • Public safety/law enforcement agency experience is highly desirable.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License. Revocation of license during employment may result in disciplinary action or reassignment.