The Police Cadet position offers young men and women the opportunity to work in an "apprenticeship" position that will allow them to prepare for a career as a police officer. The duties of the Police Cadet position are specifically designed to help them learn aspects of law enforcement that will help them become full-time police officers. The Department utilizes the Police Cadet position as a resource pool, from which full-time positions may be filled.
Our selection procedures for Police Cadets will be the same process used to select full-time personnel with the exception of psychological testing. A physical agility test, written test, oral board, complete background investigation and medical examination will serve the dual purpose of providing us with capable Police Cadet applicants and identifying those persons most likely to be successful as police officers.
Applicants must be high school seniors or enrolled in college at the time of appointment to Police Cadet. Once a Police Cadet is in college, he/she must carry a minimum of 12 units in an acceptable major, with a 2.0 or higher grade point average, to remain eligible for employment. Candidates must be appointed to the position prior to their 21st birthday. The length of time a person can serve as a Police Cadet is limited by age. Generally, when a Police Cadet reaches the age of 22, he/she is no longer eligible to participate in the program. At that time, Police Cadets are encouraged to apply and compete for other positions within the Department. The Chief of Police must approve any exception to this policy.
Evaluations will be an important component. Evaluations will be given twice a year and will be designed to measure those areas most appropriate in determining a Police Cadet's potential for success as a Police Officer.
All Police Cadets who successfully meet the standards established by the Police Department and who are currently employed are eligible to seek assistance from the Department to attend a recognized police academy.
Periodically, the Police Department will conduct in-house recruitments for the position of Police Officer. The in-house recruitment will be administered in the same fashion as any open recruitment for the Police Officer position; however, it will be limited to current employees of the City of Garden Grove.
Police Office Aide
The Police Office Aide position offers the opportunity for persons to work in a law enforcement setting and learn more about career opportunities available with the Police Department. The duties of the Police Office Aide position are generally office and administrative duties that are essential to the effective operation of the Department. The Department utilizes the Police Office Aide position in several ways:
- As an opportunity for students and other young men and women to learn more about career opportunities in law enforcement.
- As a resource pool from which full-time civilian positions are filled.
- As an opportunity for qualified persons to work in a part-time capacity.
The selection procedures for Police Office Aides will be the same process used to select full-time civilian personnel. A written test, oral board, background investigation and medical examination will serve the dual purpose of providing us with capable Police Office Aide applicants and identifying those persons most likely to be successful as full-time civilian employees. Periodically, the Police Department will hold "in-house" recruitment for Records, Community Service Officer, and Public Safety Dispatcher positions, which will be limited to current City employees. The "in-house" recruitment will be administered in the same fashion as any open recruitment for these positions.
Police Cadets will generally work no more than a maximum of 24 hours per week. During official school breaks, such as for winter holidays, spring break, and summer break, Police Cadets may work up to a maximum of 32 hours per week. This does not apply to Police Office Aides, who may not work more than 1,000 hours annually, or 20 hours per week.
Police Cadets and Police Office Aides may be required to work any of the shifts of the Police Department, and on holidays and weekends. To the furthest extent possible, work schedules will be arranged to avoid conflicts with schoolwork, classes or related activities.
Police Cadets and Police Office Aides will be rotated to different assignments every six months. This practice allows the Police Cadet and Police Office Aides to become familiar with different Department operations. The following are areas where Police Cadets and Police Office Aides may be transferred:
|Crime Prevention||Pawn Slip Investigation|
|Gang Suppression Unit (GSU)||Front Desk|
|Traffic Unit||Youth Services Unit (YSU)|
|Chief’s Office||Report Writing|
|Property and Evidence||Vehicle Towing|
|Investigations||Bicycle Theft Investigation|
|Forensic Services Unit (FSU)||Communications|
How to Apply
Check the Current Job Openings. If the Current Job Openings page does NOT list Police Cadet or Police Office Aide, it means the position is NOT open for filing now. To let Human Resources know you are interested in future openings for the position, you can send an e-mail directly to the City's Human Resources Department. In your message, be sure to include the title of the position in which you are interested, as well as your name and mailing address. Then, when Human Resources opens recruitment for this position, Human Resources will send you a postcard to let you know that now is the time to file an application. Click here if you are interested.
If the Current Job Openings page shows that the position is OPEN for filing now, you can request an application by calling the City's recorded job line (714) 741-5016 and leaving your name and address. You can also contact the City's Human Resources Department through the Internet or by visiting them in person at City Hall, 11222 Acacia Parkway, Garden Grove, CA. Their phone number is (714) 741-5004. City Hall hours are Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. City Hall is closed every other Friday; alternate Friday hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Contact Sergeant James Colegrove, the Cadet Coordinator, with your questions at