FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Springfield Police Department Honors Cadet Graduates
On December 13, 2018, eight young men and women, ages 16-19, graduated from the Springfield Police Cadet Academy. In order to graduate, the cadets had to complete 45 hour training in areas including agency standards and procedures, department organization, report writing and forms, CPR/first aid, physical fitness and nutrition, defensive tactics, firearms safety, DWI detection, local geography, arrest procedures, traffic and municipal ordinances, courtroom organization and procedures and central records.
Upon graduation cadets will have the opportunity to work with some of the different areas within the department to include Uniform Operations, the Missouri State University substation, the Calaboose, Criminal Investigations, Leaving the Scene of a Crash investigative unit and the Training Section. A cadet is required to fulfill at least four hours of service to the department each month. Some duties include providing assistance with the Ozark Empire Fair, dignitary visits, tours, parades and other events. One of the benefits of staying current as a cadet is being able to ride along with a patrol officer during a shift. Also, if a cadet is in good standing for three years, he or she is then only required to have 30 accredited college hours rather than 60 if applying to be a Springfield police officer.
The Springfield Police Department also honored four cadets, pictured below, who have aged-out of the program. During the ceremony, these cadets were presented with an award to commemorate their hard work and volunteer efforts during their time in the cadet program.
The next cadet academy will be fall of 2019.
Minimum qualifications to apply include:
- Be at least 16 years of age upon completion of the Cadet Academy, but have not reached your 20th birthday at the time of application
- Be attending high school and maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, or have a high school diploma or the equivalent, or have a G.E.D.
- Possess a valid Missouri driver's license or obtain one by the time of appointment
- Be able to pass a background investigation
- Possess no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
- Have a desire for a career in law enforcement or a public safety occupation
- Be free from any mental or physical disabilities that would prevent employment as an officer by the Springfield Police Department
Any questions about the program can be directed to Officer Veronica Mckinney at 417-864-1351.
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Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer