Cadet Program

Springfield Police Department
Attn: Police Cadets
321 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
417-864-1351

"Where Leadership is Developed"

The Cadet Unit is a volunteer operational unit designed to prepare the cadets for a career in law enforcement while supplementing the resources of the department. A cadet is required to fulfill at least ten hours of service to the department each month. Some duties include providing assistance with Firefall, the Ozark Empire Fair, dignitary visits, tours, parades, and other events.

After graduation from the academy, cadets are able to utilize hands-on training. They will be assigned to different areas of the department to learn how each one operates. The various departments include, but are not limited to, Uniform Operations, MSU Substation, Calaboose Substation, Criminal Investigations, LSOC Unit, and the Training Section. One of the benefits of staying current as a cadet is being able to ride along with an officer during his/her work shift.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be at least sixteen years of age upon completion of the Cadet Academy, but have not reached your twentieth 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

Equipment

Cadets will be required to purchase a uniform and name tag, which will be worn only when working at an authorized event. Cadets will be issued badges. Organizational equipment will be issued as needed.

Training

The Department provides all newly appointed cadet recruits with comprehensive, up-to-date training through the Springfield Police Cadet Academy. All cadet recruits must satisfactorily complete the Academy and attend a minimum of 85% of the academy training which lasts three months. Some areas of training include:

  • Agency standards and procedures
  • Department organization
  • Report writing and forms
  • CPR/first aid
  • Physical fitness/nutrition
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearms safety
  • DWI detection
  • Local geography
  • Arrest procedures
  • Traffic and municipal ordinances
  • Courtroom organization and procedures
  • Central records
  • Other miscellaneous topics

Application

Anyone interested in becoming a cadet must complete an official application form and successfully pass a thorough background investigation and an oral interview. You will not be denied acceptance due to gender, color, race, religion, creed, or national origin.

If You Want to be a Springfield Police Officer

If you are a cadet in good standing for three years, you will only need 30 accredited college hours instead of 60 when applying for a position as a Springfield Police Officer.

Information

If you have questions concerning this program, you may call the number at the top of the page.