Sheriff Cadet (#TP0999)
$16.70-$16.70 Hourly / $2,893.80-$2,893.80 Monthly / $34,725.60-$34,725.60 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, trains in non-sworn law enforcement processes and procedures to provide support in divisions of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department; and does related or other work as required.


This is a temporary class in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department for individuals ages 18 to 21 who are pursuing a career in law enforcement. The Sheriff Cadet is not a peace officer. Incumbents receive training in legal processes and crime prevention techniques, traffic control procedures, first aid, and firearms to acquire experience necessary to pursue a career in law enforcement. As a Sheriff Cadet gains experience through the program they may perform duties with more independence.


  • Gathers general information from a variety of sources; asks/answers questions and completes forms; searches for, receives and explains information regarding rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and technical office operations. 
  • Searches records to establish information on missing persons; files routine reports and records. 
  • Gathers information and writes counter reports for Sheriff’s divisions. 
  • Assists technical services by performing routine tasks; fingerprints the general public for applications processing. 
  • Assists with traffic enforcement including DUI checkpoints, on County roads and contract cities. 
  • Assists with abandoned vehicle enforcement within the Sheriff Department’s jurisdiction. 
  • Processes and searches inmate mail. 
  • Assists and participates in special projects and events. 
  • Assists in the maintenance and transportation of Sheriff’s records, including crime reports, citations and statistical data.


Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license. Education: Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of a G.E.D

Special Requirements: 
1) Be at least 18 years of age upon appointment. 
2) Currently enrolled in an accredited two year community college or a four year college or university. 
3) Pass a background investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Department.


Basic social aspects of law enforcement; general office practices and procedures; personal computer systems and general office computer software; general human behavior; language usage and mechanics; basic mathematics; public relations principles; self-defense, restraint and emergency/crisis management techniques; first aid.


Understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, and ordinances related to law enforcement; utilize standard office procedures and equipment; read, understand and apply detailed instructions and other job related materials; understand, interpret and apply laws, regulations, and ordinances related to law enforcement; relate to a wide variety of socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds; adapt to changes of assignment; establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, the public, and others; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; perform a variety of law enforcement support activities; physically restrain persons; exercise good judgment; stay calm under stressful or emergency situations; under go laws of arrest and self defense training.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional running, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing, crawling; Lifting-Frequently 5 to 30 lbs; occasional lifting/turning of heavy objects or people; Visual-Constant good overall vision, reading/close-up work; color perception and use eye/hand coordination; frequent use of depth perception and field/peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent reaching; grasping; repetitive motion; writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone/radio, talking in person; ability to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Constant decision making, concentration, and public contact; public speaking; dealing with emergency situations; frequent working alone; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, and death, hazardous materials; Special Requirements-May require working weekends and nights; Environmental-Frequent exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: TP0999; EST: 9/11/2007;