FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2021
Five Graduate from Springfield Police Department Cadet Academy
On Sept. 30, 2021, five 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.
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 four hours of service to the department each month and will have the opportunity to work with the different units within the department which include, but are not limited to, Uniform Operations, MSU Substation, Calaboose, Criminal Investigations, Leaving the Scene of a Crash (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.
The Springfield Police Department also honored Cadet Joshua Irwin, pictured below, who aged out of the program.
The deadline to apply for the new class is May 31, 2022.
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
Any questions about the program can be directed to Officer Greg Young at 417-864-1351.
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Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer