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Police Cadet - Police (8274)

Recruitment: REF4448M

Published: November 02, 2023


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Department: Police
Job class: 8274-Police Cadet
Pay range: $22.25/hr - $27/hr
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Part-time


Who We Are:

The San Francisco Police Department was established in 1849 and continually strives to become a more effective, inclusive and modern police department, while earning the trust and pride of those we serve and those who serve.  Our goal is to reflect on current SFPD initiatives, assess best practices across the country, and evaluate the changing environment in policing and within the City to arrive at a strategy statement that the Department and our community can embody every day.

The San Francisco Police Department stands for Safety and Respect for All. We will engage in just transparent unbiased and responsive policing. We will do so in the spirit of dignity and in collaboration with the community. And we will maintain and build trust and respect as the guardians of Constitutional and human rights.

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. The department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The department has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States.

Compensation: $21.76 - $26.40 Hourly

Role description

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

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
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

How to qualify


  1. Possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency, AND
  2. Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking a minimum of 12 semester/ 18 quarter units toward earning a degree while maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA, AND
  3. Possess a valid driver's license.

Age: Candidates may apply at 17 years of age but will not be appointed until 18 years of age

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Background Investigation: Prior to employment, a background investigation will be conducted to establish suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to, criminal history records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substance, felony convictions, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision or other relevant factors. The background investigation will also meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.

What else should I know?


Recruiter Information: If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the Staff Services analyst, Danny Wan at

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations.  [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at Careers at City and County of San Francisco (] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4.  Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement.  Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at

SFPD Recruitment:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.