Police Cadet

San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Police Department
Salary: $33,254.00-$40,300.00

Department: Police

Job Type: Temporary Exempt

San Francisco Police Department

*Amended to reflect changes in Background Selection Procedures (January 23, 2015).
Please note: applications for this recruitment process will be accepted on a continuous basis and may close at anytime. Interested candidates are encouraged to immediately apply.

Appointment Type:

These positions are excluded by the City Charter Section 10.104.18 from the competitive civil service examination process. Exempt employees are considered “at-will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. In order to protect life and property, prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime, the department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The San Francisco Police Department established in 1849, enforces the law and investigates crime in San Francisco, including the San Francisco International Airport. The organization has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States. The department operates 10 district stations, a crime lab and a training academy.

The San Francisco Police Department Cadet program is designed to provide a service for the City of San Francisco, the Police Department and the Community that it serves. A Police Cadet is considered a future leader in the community. The goals of the Police Cadet program are to expose men and women to the various aspects of police work in order to prepare them for a career in law enforcement. The Police Cadet program helps to provide quality candidates for all law enforcement related positions including, but not limited to: Police Officer, Community Police Services Aide or 911 Dispatcher.

A structured program has been established to promote Police Cadets duties and responsibilities. The Police Cadet expectations are high morals, excelling academically, using good judgment, and being active in the community. Police Cadets provide assistance to the San Francisco Police Department and act as a liaison between the police and youth in our community.


Under direct supervision of a sworn member, performs a variety of civilian field and office law enforcement duties in direct support of safety and non-safety personnel to include but not limited to:

  • Operating and monitoring walk through magnetometers and package scanners;
  • Assisting with security and screening at Police Headquarters;
  • Deal with the public in a respectful and courteous manner;
  • Learn, understand and apply applicable police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws,  ordinances, policies, practices and methods;
  • Assist with various investigative units as needed;
  • Monitor walk-through metal detectors and video surveillance equipment in building security assignments;
  • Search handbags, briefcases, backpacks and other containers;
  • Provide directions and other information to persons entering public buildings;
  • Provide first aid and CPR in case of life threatening emergencies;
  • Performs traffic and pedestrian control as directed;
  • Participates in crime prevention activities such as neighborhood watch meetings, school and community group presentations, and Police Department building tours;
  • Maintains records and retrieves information;
  • Attends weekend and/or evening training sessions;
  • Perform clerical duties such as ordering, receiving and distributing supplies, processing mail, preparing reports, indexing and filing criminal records and correspondences;
  • May direct and control traffic;
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities not requiring Peace Officer powers.

Cadet Rotations and Training Assignments:

  • Public Safety Building
  • District Station
  • Record Destruction
  • Field Operations Bureau
  • Evidence
  • Investigations
  • Police Academy
  • Records
  • Traffic
  • Physical & Defensive Tactics
  • Physical exercise and obstacle course
  • Other Duties and Assignments as needed

Desired Skills:

  • Learn the organization and functions of a Police Department.
  • Techniques for courteously dealing with the public in a tactful, but firm, manner.
  • Communicate orally with people of diverse education, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Learn, understand and apply applicable police department rules, regulations, instructions, laws, ordinances, policies, practices and methods.
  • Work courteously with the general public on the telephone and in person.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Walk and/or stand for long periods of time.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.