Police Cadet

Fairfax, Virginia
$15.04 - $25.07 Hourly
Apr 27, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Police Cadet under close supervision, receives on-the-job training in basic law enforcement skills, traffic control, crime prevention, communications, first aid, crime scene search, arrest procedures and criminal investigation. Receives training in basic tools of criminology, fingerprinting, photography, and various communication systems. Assigned to public service positions answering telephones, responding to information requests, and performing general clerical work as required. Performs stock clerk duties issuing and receiving supplies.

Applicant must have graduated high school or been awarded their General Education Diploma at the time of selection. Highly qualified applicants will receive further processing that will include polygraph examination; medical exam; psychological exam; physical ability test; background interview; comprehensive background investigation and final selection interview.

Additional information about the duties and requirements for the Police Cadet position is available here .


Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)
  • Participates in on-the-job training in the areas of traffic control, investigations, crime prevention, communications, first aid and crime scene investigation procedures;
  • Takes courses in how to take fingerprints and process film;
  • Participates in emergency vehicle operations training and firearm familiarization courses;
  • Assists in inventory control as well as receiving/issuing supplies;
  • Assists in inventorying and handling seized and stolen property, which will be used as evidence in court;
  • Performs various administrative functions.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list).
  • Ability to comprehend the fundamentals of law enforcement;
  • Ability to acquire a knowledge of State laws and County codes and ordinances;
  • Ability to learn to write accurate, concise reports;
  • Ability to use motor vehicles and firearms;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with fellow employees and the public;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to maintain a high level of ethical standards;
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of integrity and be truthful at all times.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to:
High school graduation or a GED issued by a state department of education certified by the Virginia State Department of Education.

Professional working proficiency, or higher, in a foreign language or American sign Language.

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 17 ½ to 20.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien eligible for U.S. citizenship by age 21.
  • Must successfully complete a criminal background investigation, polygraph examination and be able to meet the public safety/police officer medical standards.
  • Must, within 6 months of reaching age 21, meet all eligibility requirements for Police Officer I and be selected for employment as a Police Officer I;
  • Incumbents shall not use any tobacco products on and off duty starting at the time of appointment.
  • The incumbent must be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement acknowledging the prohibition of the use of tobacco products both on and off duty.
  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and public safety background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work requires ability to: negotiate all types of terrain on foot, sit, crouch, walk, and run , in order to respond to routine/emergency police duties; use police issued equipment/vehicles; use keyboard; and to work outdoors with exposure to varied weather conditions. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Successful completion of all background requirements and final interview with the Personnel Resources Division Commander or his designee.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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