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Senior Cadet Program

The mission of the Senior Cadet Unit is to provide quality service while improving the efficiency of the Stockton Police Department. As responsible young adults preparing for careers in law enforcement, we are committed to fostering pride, integrity, and dedication by maintaining the highest standards of training, professionalism, and personal conduct. As a diverse group of community volunteers, we will work in partnership with our department to enhance the quality of life in the city of Stockton.SPD Senior Cadets

The Senior Cadet Program is perfect for responsible young adults who are willing to serve their community as they learn about the most exciting and rewarding component of the criminal justice system, law enforcement. The Senior Cadet Unit provides many individuals an opportunity to explore the challenging world of police work. We are now recruiting dedicated, highly-motivated volunteers who want to take the first step toward a career in law enforcement.

Our Senior Cadets perform a number of non-hazardous duties and are exposed to a variety of police activities. While serving in the Unit, many Senior Cadets are able to complete their college degrees or attend the basic police academy. Several former Senior Cadets have become Stockton Police Officers or have gained full-time peace officer positions with other allied agencies. For many participants, the Senior Cadet Program opens doors to a variety of exciting career opportunities.

Upon appointment, Senior Cadets complete a comprehensive training program that teaches them how to perform the basic duties of their position. Senior Cadets also work within various divisions of the Police Department, where they assist with many important support duties. Much of this training mirrors that of full-duty police officers. Some of the duties normally assigned to Senior Cadets include:

  • Traffic and crowd control at accident and crime scenes
  • DUI checkpoints
  • Transport and booking of property and evidence
  • Recovering unoccupied stolen vehicles
  • Abandoned auto abatement
  • Search for missing persons
  • Animal Control functions
  • Work at major special events, such as the Asparagus Festival, San Joaquin County Fair, and others.
  • Serve as role-players for police officer training sessions.

Minimum Qualifications

Senior Cadets must be responsible, mature, and willing to commit to at least 16 volunteer hours each month. Other qualifications include:

  • At least 18 years old, and no more than 23 years old at the time of appointmentSenior Cadet Physical Fitness
  • High-school graduate or equivalent
  • Enrolled in college or must have completed six semester college units
  • Possess a valid California driver's license, and maintain a good driving record
  • Have no criminal record or history of delinquency
  • Have an interest in exploring a career in law enforcement or a desire to learn about the criminal justice system
  • Be able to attend bi-weekly meetings on Sunday evenings
  • Be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation


Selection Process

Each application is reviewed by sworn police officers who comprise the Senior Cadet Unit Advisory Staff. Many Advisory Staff members began their law enforcement careers as Senior Cadets. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an oral interview to further determine their qualifications and interest in the program.

Qualified applicants who successfully complete the oral interview will undergo a comprehensive background investigation. Those candidates who pass each phase of the selection process may be appointed to the position of Senior Cadet.


How to Apply

For a Senior Cadet Application, download here. Complete the application and return it to the address at the bottom of the form. For additional information, please Contact Us.



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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 6/14/2011