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    Cadet Program

    Apply to become a Police Cadet
    $15.37 hourly

    The Santa Monica Police Department Cadet Program is a law enforcement apprenticeship program that offers training and varied work assignments to persons currently enrolled in an accredited college or university maintaining a minimum of 9 semester units or the equivalent and must be at least 18 years of age at time of appointment.  The Cadet program provides qualified men and women with a chance to experience the challenges and personal rewards of a police career.  Cadets are paid on a part-time basis.  Cadets are rotated through a variety of divisions to provide exposure to many aspects of law enforcement including support services.

    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 Santa Monica Police Department in many different ways and they act as a liaison between the police and youth in our community.

    General Position Description

    Under direct supervision, 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:

    • Perform clerical duties such as ordering, receiving and distributing supplies, processing mail, preparing reports, indexing and filing criminal records and correspondences
    • Provide directions and other information to persons entering public buildings
    • Provide first aid and CPR in case of life threatening emergencies
    • 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;
    • Performs other related duties and responsibilities not requiring Peace Officer powers
    Cadet 1
    Cadet Rotations and Training Assignments
    • Patrol Division
    • Records Unit
    • Property Unit
    • Criminal Investigations Division
    • Traffic Services
    • Administrative Services
    • Other Duties and Assignments as needed
     Cadet 2
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • 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
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work




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