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Santa Barbara Police Department
215 East Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 897-2300 (805) 897-2434 Fax
In case of emergency, call 9-1-1   
Non-Emergency Dispatch, 805-882-8900


Cadet Program


The Cadet I and Cadet II programs are currently suspended. Applications are expected to start again in Fall of 2022 and will be done through * 

Cadets are college/university students between the age of 18 and 22 who work as civilian employees for the Santa Barbara Police Department. Cadets have assignments throughout the department providing assistance in such areas as the Detective Bureau, the Shooting Range, the Training and Recruitment Bureau, Parking Enforcement and Crossing Guard Coordinator. Assignments are all rotating, giving cadets experience in all areas of the department. In addition with their regular duties, cadets also provide traffic and crowd control for parades and other special events. Cadets also have the opportunity to assist at DUI checkpoints and alcohol undercover stings.

Cadet programs are part time (20 hours a week and offer flexible shift times) allowing Cadets to balance work with education and family/household responsibilities. After one year of experience and good work habits Cadets can qualify for a promotion to Cadet II, which includes a pay increase and progression in training for specific Cadet assignments.