Join the Chula Vista Police Cadet Program

The Chula Vista Police Cadet Program is comprised of approximately 20-30 cadets. The number of available positions varies annually and is based on several factors. Applicants must be 14-20 years of age and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher. One recruitment and application cycle is conducted annually.


All candidates interested in the CVPD Cadet Program program are REQUIRED to attend an orientation prior to submitting an application. Applicants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; this includes applicants between the ages of 18-20 years of age.

Applicants who attend the orientation and successfully submit a completed application before the deadline will be invited to attend a physical training assessment. Based the applicants overall performance, select applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview. Candidates who are successful in the interview will be subject to a thorough background investigation prior to receiving a formal invitation to join the program. The number of candidates invited to join the program changes annually and is based several factors.

The application process is intended to mirror the Law Enforcement hiring processes in order to better prepare the applicant for a career in Law Enforcement.


The Chula Vista Police Cadets hold training session lasting approximately two hours at the station every other week. Training may include topics such as physical training, defensive tactics, CPR/First Aid, or firearms. Additionally, demonstrations are occasionally offered in areas such as mobile field force, canine, gang enforcement, and forensics.

Within one year of acceptance in the program, all Cadets must attend a basic academy. The academy may be either the intensive one-week live-in academy or the extended format month-long academy. These basic academies teach Cadets the hand-on skills necessary to carry out their duties in the community.

Some topics taught in the basic academy include but are not limited to:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Criminal Law
  • Search and Seizure
  • California Court System
  • Report Writing
  • Officer Safety
  • Traffic Control
  • Radio Communications
  • Drugs and Gangs
  • Arrest and Control
  • Crimes in Progress
  • Crowd Control
  • Use of Force
  • And many other useful skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 14, but not yet 21 years of age
  • Registered as a full-time student unless graduated
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or greater
  • No felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Good moral character

Application Process

  • During the orientation, you may obtain an application package to complete
  • Interview with Advisors and Senior Explorers
  • Successful candidates will begin background check
  • Academy must be completed withn one year of acceptance

Our Location

Chula Vista Police Cadets
315 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 476-2304

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