Police Cadets are non-sworn employees of the department and as such, have no legal authority, beyond that of any normal citizen, to enforce the law or make arrests. Therefore, police cadets are never to be assigned to duties requiring sworn officer status.
The primary duty of the police cadet is the front desk. While on desk duties, the police cadets are responsible for minimal distribution of equipment, taking walk-in reports of a minor nature, and other general duties.
The cadets may be assigned additional duties such as administrative, parking enforcement, beach patrol, and subpoena service. These assignments will be conducted as needed. While assigned to such patrol, police cadets are responsible for reporting any problems or violations of the law to Central Dispatch or the on-duty supervisor.
Police cadets have the authority to enforce parking and civil ordinance violations in specifically assigned areas. These areas include the boat launches, Central Business District, city parks, and beaches. On occasion, cadets may also be authorized to enforce parking violations in other areas at the direction of the on-duty supervisor.
Every six months to one year the cadet's skills, qualifications, job performance, and career goals will be evaluated. A recommendation will be made to the captain or assistant chief on whether the individual cadet has been able to successfully grasp, maintain and execute a good working knowledge of the task and job responsibilities assigned to them. Input and evaluations completed by cadet mentors will be taken into consideration.