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Kern County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Officer
Thursday July 20th, 2023 :: 02:03 p.m. PDT


Cadet Unit Testing and Interviews

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Unit Post #519 (formerly known as Explorers) will be holding open testing and interviews for all interested applicants.
The test will last about an hour. The test will be graded on-site. Those who pass the test will conduct an interview that evening. Once an interview is completed those applicants will be provide with paperwork for a background. 

  • Please bring an identification card/school ID and report cards if available. 
  • Parents are not allowed in the testing process and can wait in the parking lot of Headquarters. 
WHO: Young men and women between the ages of 15 and 21
WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 1800 hours
                Plan to spend approximately 2-3 hours on the testing and interview process.
WHERE: Kern County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, Auditorium
1350 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA 93308
Interested applicants will meet in front of Building A by 1800 hours.
Personnel from the Cadet unit will meet all those who are there for testing and escort them back to the Auditorium for testing. Applications will be filled out at the Headquarters before testing. 
ATTIRE: Please come dressed for an interview in professional attire.  
  • Any applicant who has a criminal record, which is limited to misdemeanors or felonies 
  • Any applicant who has below a 2.0 grade point average 
  • Any person who is actively on probation or parole 
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Unit is a program designed to provide young men and women between the ages of 15 and 21 years with an insight into the world of law enforcement. The Cadet program is established through the Public Safety Cadets and is a Volunteer Program.
The intent of the Cadet unit is to mentor young adults to serve their communities by providing knowledge, skills and practical experiences through education and training delivered by public safety professionals that build character, physical fitness, and respect for the rule of law. The Cadet Unit is guided by several mentors who are members of the Sheriff's Office. The mentors share their abilities and experiences with the Cadets to produce a high-quality young adult of whom the Sheriff's Office and the community can be proud.
Members of the Cadet Unit are afforded the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of Sheriff's Office personnel. Members will have the opportunity to participate in many departmental functions, such as patrol, communications, and detentions. They also participate in community functions including the Kern County Fair, child identification, and food drives to name a few. The Cadets volunteer several hundred hours a month to the Sheriff's Office. Members of the Cadet Unit wear a modified uniform to distinguish them from deputies; Cadets are not allowed to carry weapons. Cadets also wear an additional shoulder patch that identifies them as a Cadet.

Kern County Sheriff's Office - Public Information Officer
1350 Norris Rd
Bakersfield, CA 93308

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