POLICE CADET
City of Huntington Beach, CA - Huntington Beach, CA

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Part-time employment does not qualify to receive City benefits, except those required by law. The City does not belong to the Social Security system; however, enrollment in an alternative retirement program is mandatory which requires an employee contribution of 7½% of base earnings to the Public Agency Retirement System (PARS). There are no rights to employment and employment may end with or without cause or advance notice.

The Huntington Beach Police Department Cadet program introduces young men and women, ages 18 to 25, to the field of law enforcement. This is a part-time job in which the cadet must be enrolled as a full-time student in high school or college. Work hours are assigned around the student’s class schedule. The Cadet program is designed to develop the skills and abilities of young individuals who wish to one day pursue a career as a sworn Police Officer. Cadets are provided with the opportunity to work a variety of assignments throughout the Police Department, including, but not limited to, the Front Desk, Sub-stations, Training Unit and Communications. Successful candidates, after one-year of employment, are encouraged to apply for testing process to potentially promote to Police Recruit. Police Recruits are full-time, regular status employees (salary plus benefits package) and attend a local Police Academy.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed for relevant qualifications. Current school enrollment status MUST be attached with the job application. Qualifying applicants will then participate in the selection process. Each component of the selection process listed below must be passed in order to continue.
  • Written Exam – Pass/Fail
  • Oral Board Interview - Weighted 100%
  • Comprehensive Background Investigation, fingerprinting and Polygraph Exam (Recent drug usage, theft or other illegal activity may be cause for disqualification.
  • A pre-placement drug screen and TB screen are conducted upon a conditional offer of employment. Employment is conditioned upon completion of a background check with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) via the LiveScan fingerprinting process. A candidate is required to complete the drug screen, TB screen and fingerprint process with acceptable results before an employment start date. Upon employment, employee is subject to further reporting from DOJ via Subsequent Arrest Notification Service.

  • Please Note: Our primary means of communication with applicants is sent via email; therefore, please include a valid email address on your application.

    Examples of Essential Duties:

    Cadets are provided with the opportunity to work a variety of assignments throughout the Police Department, including, but not limited to, the Front Desk, Jail, Sub-stations, Training Unit and Communications.

    THE DEPARTMENT: The City of Huntington Beach Police Department operates under a community policing philosophy with approximately 235 sworn and 134 civilian positions. It provides its officers opportunities to gain exposure in a wide variety of municipal police activities (e.g., helicopter, K-9, DEA Task Force, Vice, Narcotics, beach detail, and downtown foot beat). It is proud to have its own Crime Lab, and was the first City in the nation to operate a fully computerized Communications Command and Control Center.

    Typical Qualifications:
    • To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 18 years to 23 years of age.
    • Currently enrolled in high school or college and carrying a minimum of 12 semester units during the school term with minimum grade point average of 2.0 (9 units if possessing 70 units or Associate of Arts degree).
    • A valid California Driver License at time of appointment and good driving record.
    • Current US citizenship or have recently submitted application for citizenship.
    • No criminal convictions.
    • Good moral and ethical history.