Police Cadet

Pasadena, CA
Pasadena Police Department

Salary: $35,214.40 – $42,293.26 Annually.

Position Summary:

Police Cadets perform a variety of tasks in various divisions of the department in conjunction with a formal training program designed for career advancement into the law enforcement field. The work in the Police Cadet Program is intended to provide college students an introduction to and preparatory training for a career in law enforcement.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs a variety of administrative and records management and maintenance duties.
  • Assists the public at the front counter, provides information relating to departmental activities to the public, answers questions and directs the public to appropriate resources both internally and externally.
  • Controls access to the Police building or section.
  • Answers phones and radio calls.
  • Operates business office machines, computers and compiles data and prepares reports.
  • Assigns case number, maintains, updates and modifies files, lists and other material.
  • Opens, processes and distributes mail.
  • Sends and receives teletype messages and accepts fees for various payments.
  • Assists sworn officers in the field with traffic control.
  • Performs ride-alongs and may assist in collecting information.
  • Assists at DUI checkpoints.


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Current enrollment in a recognized college with a minimum of 24 semester units being accumulated annually toward a degree in fields leading to law enforcement. Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
  • An Associate of Arts degree or junior standing in an accredited college or university may substitute for such enrollment. If a Police Cadet elects to continue towards completion of a Bachelors Degree, the Police Cadet may continue in the program until he or she reaches their 24th birthday.
  • If the Police Cadet, prior to reaching their 24th birthday, fails to maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average, discontinues education, or drops below the required minimum number of units, the Police Cadet will be released from employment.
  • Must be between the ages of 18 through 21 at time of appointment.
  • Must possess a valid California Class C driver’s license and comply with the City’s Motor Vehicle Safety Policy during the course of employment.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation is required which may include a review of employment history, criminal conviction record, credit history, use of intoxicants and/or other controlled substances, and psychological evaluation.
  • Successful completion of the state-mandated CLETS training program as required by the California State Department of Justice within six months of date of employment and ongoing maintenance of CLETS certification.