Police Cadet – Part-Time

Buena Park, CA
Buena Park Police Department
Salary: $11.89-$14.45


Are you interested in starting a career in law enforcement? Become a BUENA PARK POLICE CADET! Applications will be accepted on a CONTINUOUS BASIS with a first review date of October 10, 2016. Apply early. This position may close at any time without notice.  

Our elite law enforcement agency has a POLICE CADET program designed to prepare you for a career in law enforcement as a Police Officer.  This is an exciting and rewarding career opportunity in our Buena Park Police Department!  The Police Cadet is a part-time, non-benefited, civilian (non-sworn) position rotating through various divisions of the Police Department.  With state-of-the-art facilities and a community oriented proactive approach on crime, the Buena Park Police Department offers a work environment unmatched in Orange County.  Would you like to be part of a team that believes in investing in partnerships with the community, proactive crime prevention, community education and overall effective law enforcement work? Become a part of our community team! APPLY TODAY!


Under general supervision, performs field level technical support and provides general policy and procedural information regarding the Police Department’s operations and record keeping procedures; provides assistance to the public at the front counter of the Police Department; completes initial and basic police crime reports; takes fingerprints; rotates through various divisions of the Police Department; and performs other duties as assigned.


This is a part-time, non-benefited, civilian (non-sworn) position working 10-20 hours per week. This classification performs a variety of non-sworn law enforcement functions. The Police Cadet program is designed to prepare the Police Cadet for a career in law enforcement as a Police Officer. Must be in good physical condition.


Knowledge of:

  • California Vehicle Code and Penal Code;
  • City of Buena Park Police Department rules, regulations and operating procedures;
  • Geography of the City of Buena Park and surrounding communities; organizational structure of the Police Department;
  • Departmental recordkeeping practices;
  • Basic crime prevention;
  • Proper English grammar, spelling, punctuation and dictation for the purpose of completing various police reports;
  • Effective customer service techniques.

Ability to:

  • Learn, retain and apply complex information, police terminology, law enforcement codes;
  • Communicate clearly and distinctly, both verbally and in writing;
  • Communicate effectively with staff and the general public;
  • Understand and carry out complex and written instructions;
  • Prepare clear and comprehensive reports as well as written and oral instructions;
  • Respond to requests from the public and be able to assist them or direct them;
  • Remain calm when obtaining crime information or receiving complaints from irate or emotionally distressed persons;
  • Complete routine police reports and issue citations in a logical and coherent manner;
  • Operate a computer terminal and applicable software programs to access, enter, and retrieve police records information;
  • Participate in formalized training courses and programs as assigned;
  • Lift and carry equipment and other items and perform strenuous activities;
  • Work under stress; and
  • Work weekends, holidays and shift work, as assigned.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this class, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms above and below shoulder level.
  • The employee is expected to climb or scale walls, ladders, or steps, carry police safety gear; stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, squat or crawl, as well as walk, sit, and run.
  • Sensory demands include talking, hearing, and using smell.
  • This position must be able to pull and carry persons in emergency situations, administer first aid, and learn to fight in self-defense.
  • Employees are expected to grasp and carry power and hand tools, and lift, carry, and move persons, equipment, and push, pull or drag objects weighing up to 100 pounds or more.
  • Police Cadets may participate in training exercises which require them to successfully complete physical tests/tasks which include dragging a 165 pound dummy, pushing a patrol car, climbing ladders, scaffolds, a 6 foot wall and similar obstacles, jumping over 3 foot high sawhorses or wooden barricades, jumping down from elevated places, walking a balance beam, climbing into and out of windows and performing sprints, runs, sit-ups, pull-ups, and pushups.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this class include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

  • While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use oral and written communication skills;
  • Read and interpret data;
  • Thoroughly analyze and solve problems;
  • Use math and mathematical reasoning;
  • Establish priorities and work on multiple assignments and projects concurrently; and
  • Interacts appropriately with law enforcement personnel, general public, and others in the course of work.


  • These positions perform office and field work.
  • When assigned to the office setting, the noise levels are typically quiet, at or below 85 decibels levels.
  • When in the field, employees may be assigned to a police vehicle and are subject to variable weather conditions and traffic.


  • A combination of education, experience and training that has provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is required.
  • Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 26 at the time of hire and must be enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college/university within 6 months of hire.
  • To remain employed as a Police Cadet, the individual must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 to 9 semester units (or equivalent) and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
  • Coursework in police science or criminal law and 6 months of experience in community service work, which involves heavy public contact and customer service experience is highly desirable.
  • Though the Police Cadet position is intended for current college students, an incumbent may continue to be employed in this position for up to 12 months after graduation from college.


  • Valid Class C California driver license, an acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.
  • Must be able to be assigned to rotating work shifts, including nights, holidays, and weekends, and to work overtime as needed.
  • Must have an interest in a career in law enforcement, ideally as a Police Officer.

Employees who become department employees on or after January 1, 1987, shall, as a condition of their continued employment, refrain from smoking tobacco or any other non-tobacco substance at any time on or off duty. Violation of this condition of employment shall be deemed good cause for dismissal.

Vision:  No more than 20/100 uncorrected and 20/30 corrected and freedom from uncorrectable color blindness. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Background Investigation: Applicants will undergo a complete, comprehensive, P.O.S.T. approved background Investigation.

Character:  Applicants must be of good character and reputation.  Applicants will be fingerprinted and records checked in both state and federal bureaus.  Applicants must not have a record of conviction of a serious offense, or numerous convictions of minor offenses.  Credit rating, if established, must be satisfactory.