Union City

Police Cadet (20131863)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
7/25/2021 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$14.80-$16.16 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, part-time 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 assignment areas listed below. 


EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (illustrative only)  

Positions assigned to Property and Evidence may be responsible for:  

  • Accepting and processing property and evidence into the property room;  

  • Releasing evidence to officers and property to rightful owners;  

  • Sending letters to people whose property is ready for release;  

  • Purging evidence;   

  • Transporting evidence to and from the crime lab and identification bureau; and 

  • Fingerprinting citizens.  

Positions assigned to Records may be responsible for:  

  • Copying, indexing, assembling, filing, distributing, and retrieving various documents files, records, and reports; 

  • Providing information to individuals at the front counter or over the phone; 

  • Conducting transactions from cash drawer for purchasing reports;  

  • Inputting, tracking, retrieving, accessing and purging data in various logs, systems, and databases; and 

  • Conducting research projects and drafting reports and memos. 

Positions assigned to Animal Control may be responsible for:  

  • Transporting animals to the shelter or if injured to the veterinary hospital;  

  • Disposing of deceased animals;  

  • Quarantining animals that have bitten people and complete associated forms;  

  • Investigating cruelty to animal calls;  

  • Placing animals under protective custody;   

  • Drafting animal control citations;  

  • Appearing and testifying in court when subpoenaed; and 

  • Inspecting animal control vehicles and equipment for damage and inventory prior to use on shift.  

Positions assigned to Parking Enforcement and Vehicle Abatement may be responsible for:  

  • Patrolling an assigned area by vehicle or on foot to ensure public compliance with existing parking ordinances;  

  • Maintaining communication with dispatch;  

  • Writing warnings and citations for illegally parked vehicles;  

  • Observing and reporting hazardous conditions such as missing traffic signals, signs, and street markings that need to be repainted;   

  • Maintaining assigned equipment and supplies such as hand-held citation computers, citation books, rain gear, street cones, flares, etc.; and 

  • Performing traffic control duties such as setting up barricades and temporary signs, directing traffic, and placing inoperative bags on broken parking meters. 

Positions assigned to Fleet Maintenance may be responsible for:  

  • Reviewing and reporting vehicle deficiencies;   

  • Scheduling repair of vehicles and equipment;  

  • Transporting vehicles and equipment to repair shop;  

  • Arranging for tows;  

  • Entering and maintaining vehicle inventory/status log;  

  • Coordinating service, oil changes, and cleaning of vehicles;  

  • Maintaining supplies such as stocking first aid kits, fingerprint kits and flares, ensuring fire extinguishers are full and appropriately charged, etc.; and 

  • Registering undercover vehicles with DMV. 

Ideal Candidate


Knowledge Of: 

  • The English language including, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation; 

  • Business math;  

  • Information retrieval methods; 

  • Applicable laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and directives; and  

  • Research methods and writing reports.  


Ability To:  

  • Read, understand, and utilize federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, department manuals, policies, procedures, directives, and general circulation materials applicable to the work assignments;  

  • Follow written and verbal instructions;  

  • Make change from cash drawer; 

  • Conduct research;  

  • Maintain accurate records; file alphabetically, chronologically, and numerically;  

  • Deal tactfully and effectively with the public and employees;  

  • Work weekday, weekend and evening hours; and 

  • Physically perform the duties of the job. 


Licenses and Certificates: 

Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record. 


Education and Experience: 

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: 

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent. 


Other Requirements: 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at appointment and a U.S. Citizen. 

  • Must successfully pass a background investigation. Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification. 

  • Must not possess any felony convictions. 

  • Must be available to work approximately 16 – 30 hours per week. 

  • Must be available to work weekday morning shifts.


**NOTE: This position will require weekday morning shifts. If you are not available to work weekday mornings, you will not be considered for the position.** 


- 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.

- Annual Uniform allowance of $400 distributed in 26 equal payments per pay period. 

- 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


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website by 5:00 PM on July 25, 2021.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Friday, August 6th and/or Saturday, August 7th. 

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

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

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