Union City

Police Cadet (19864431)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
6/28/2019 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$13.80-$15.01 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587


Under supervision, a Police Cadet is a non-sworn classification that assists police personnel in a variety of operations in order to gain practical knowledge of law enforcement. Qualified candidates will obtain practical work experience that supports their career goals.

The Union City Police Department strives to provide candidates interested in law enforcement and local students with an opportunity to learn various aspects of police work where they can integrate academic philosophies with practical experience. This position will provide candidates on-the-job training and the ability to develop professional networking relationships for future service in government or law enforcement.

Employees in this classification may receive training and experience in each of the below duties.


Property and Evidence

Accept and process property and evidence into the property room; release evidence to officers and property to rightful owners; send letters to people whose property is ready for release; purge evidence; transport evidence to and from the crime lab and identification bureau; fingerprint citizens.


Copy, index, file, distribute, and retrieve files, records, and reports; assemble court packets, provide information to persons at the front counter, answer calls on business phones, conduct transactions from cash drawer for purchasing reports; enter data onto appropriate logs; enter, retrieve and purge data on the automated systems; access a variety of databases; conduct research projects; write reports and memos.

Animal Control

Transport animals to the shelter; transport all injured animals to veterinary hospital; dispose of deceased animals; quarantine animals that have bitten people and complete associated forms; investigate cruelty to animal calls; place animals under protective custody; write animal control citations; appear and testify in court when subpoenaed; inspect animal control vehicle and equipment for damage and inventory prior to use on shift.

Parking Enforcement and Vehicle Abatement

Patrol an assigned area by vehicle or on foot to ensure public compliance with existing parking ordinances; maintain communication with dispatch; write warning and citations for illegally parked vehicles; observe and report hazardous conditions such as missing traffic signals or signs, and street markings that need to be repainted; maintain assigned equipment and supplies such as hand-held citation computers, citation books, rain gear, street cones, flares, etc.; perform traffic control duties such as setting up barricades and temporary signs, directing traffic, and placing inoperative bags on broken parking meters.

Fleet Maintenance

Review and report vehicle deficiencies; schedule repair of vehicles and equipment; transport vehicles and equipment to repair shop; arrange for tows; enter and maintain vehicle inventory/status log; coordinate service, oil changes, and cleaning of vehicles; stock first aid kits, fingerprint kits and flares, ensure fire extinguishers are full and appropriately charged, etc.; register undercover vehicles with DMV.

Ideal Candidate

Knowledge of:

The English language including grammar, punctuation, and spelling; business math; information retrieval methods, applicable laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and directives; research methods; report construction.

Ability to:

Read, understand, and utilize federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations applicable to the work assignments; read, understand, and utilize department manuals, policies, procedures, directives, and general materials; follow written and verbal instructions; make change from cash drawer; conduct research; keep and maintain accurate records; file alphabetically, chronologically, and numerically; deal tactfully and effectively with the public and employees; work weekend and evening hours; physically perform the duties of the job.


Be able to work approximately 16 – 30 hours a week; possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and have a satisfactory driving record pursuant to City standards.

To be considered as a candidate for Police Cadet, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment
  • Be able to provide United States Citizenship
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License
  • Have completed the twelfth grade or equivalent
  • Successfully pass background investigation. Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification.


The Examination Process
Union City will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you feel you will need accommodations, you must notify the Human Resources Department at (510) 675-5366 and provide a reasonable amount of time for arrangements to be made.

Authorization to Work
Before an appointment may be made to the position, the person selected must provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States, according to the federal law.

Please note that this announcement does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revised without notice.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.


- Having accumulated at least 1,040 hours during the preceding fiscal year, shall be entitled to leave credits of forty (40) hours on the first week day of the following fiscal year.

- Uniform allowance of $400 over a period of twelve months with each pay check.

- CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @62 (New Employees) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The employee will be responsible for the 7% contribution towards CalPERS retirement plan.

- No social security deductions made except 1.45% for Medicare.

Special Instructions

Only online applications through CalOpps will be accepted.

Attach transcript or diploma and driving record printout from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to your CalOpps application. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

All attachments must be in PDF format.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that you will be invited to participate in the process. Only the candidates that have the best combination of qualifications in relation to the requirement and duties of the position will continue in the selection process. The process will include an oral panel interview with law enforcement professionals, may also include an interview with Operation and Support Services Managers, and other related test components. A limited number of applicants will be subjected to a polygraph examination; a thorough examination of personal background, and a thorough medical examination.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone extension: 
(510) 675-5286