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Cadet Career Opportunities

The Cadet Program is a voluntary, non-enforcement entry level position with the San Diego Police Department for people ages 16-21. After a six-session academy, Cadets may choose to go on ride-alongs, assist with security and traffic control, work undercover and much more.

The Cadet Program provides great law enforcement experience, and therefore is very beneficial to those interested in a career in law enforcement. Cadets receive continuous law enforcement training, develop individual potential, and meet others their age with similar interests.

The Cadet Program is always interested in responsible, honest, and hard working youths.

How to Become a Cadet

Come to San Diego Police Department Headquarters building, 1401 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. A Cadet recruiter will meet you at the flagpole in front of the main entrance. At this meeting you will receive more information about the Cadet Program and have the chance to talk to Cadets or a Cadet Advisor in person.

  • You will be given a basic 20 question multiple choice test on reading comprehension, spelling and direction.
  • Once you pass the test, you will provide information about your background that will be collected upon completion.
  • A background package will be sent with you prior to the end of the meeting.
  • When finished with your background package, contact and meet with your Backgrounds Investigator. (The name and all contact information will be given and explained to you.)
  • If you pass your background investigation, you will be scheduled for an interview conducted by a Police Sergeant, and two Cadets that will be similar to a job interview.
  • Upon completion of an acceptable interview, you will be enrolled in the Cadet academy.
  • PDF icon Personal History Statement (PHS) / Forms