Police Officer Cadet

Sonoma, CA
California State University

Salary: $3,576 per month or $42,912 annually.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief of Police or designee, with additional lead work direction from other sworn administrator(s) or training academy staff, the Police Officer Cadet (Cadet) is a non-sworn individual who has not completed a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy or received a Basic Course Completion Certificate. Your primary responsibility is to attend the prescribed training. Upon successful completion of the training in the required time frame and the discretion of management, you’ll be appointed to the Police Officer classification in a probationary basis.

Essential Functions:

  • Attend prescribed police academy to learn principles, practices, and theory of criminal and civil law enforcement.
  • Receive training in report writing, physical fitness techniques, firearms use and maintenance, and arrest and control techniques.
  • Assist other police officers in performing duties under close supervision.
  • Engage in group training exercises and simulations to develop practical skills for law enforcement scenarios.
  • Work closely with academy instructors and fellow cadets to enhance learning and teamwork.
  • Participate in community outreach events organized by the University and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Interact with diverse community members to foster positive relationships and promote safety awareness.
  • Maintain equipment and facilities used during training sessions.
  • Adhere to departmental protocols for the proper handling and storage of firearms and related equipment.


  • High school graduate, passed the GED or other high school equivalency test, or obtained a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree from an accredited or approved institution.
  • Eligibility to attend a certified California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) basic training academy.
  • Eligible to obtain a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate of Eligibility or possess a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate in good standing.
  • Valid California driver’s license.
  • Must meet CSU Minimum Standards of Employment and Training, including passing a background investigation, physical agility test, and psychological exam.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.