Police Cadet Program

The Police Cadet program is specifically designed for young men and women ages 14 to 21 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Cadets attend two monthly meetings where they receive training in many aspects of law enforcement from fingerprinting to major case preparation. Training is just a small part of the Cadet program. Cadets also provide service to both the community and the police department through community service projects such as McGruff and fingerprinting children. Cadets also assist in locating lost children and providing security and parking details at Town Events.

The Cadets work hand in hand with officers and clerical personnel during ride-alongs with officers and while working at the police department. In addition to the law enforcement training, Cadets receive the opportunity to obtain skills in a business environment while communicating with professionals on a one on one basis. The Cadets can train with the department’s bicycle team and once certified, become members of the Cadet Bicycle Team. The Cadets can also participate in a ride-along program with an approved Police Officer, during the Officer's patrol shift.


To become a Police Cadet you must first complete the Police Cadet application packet. (If under the age of 18, the Application must be signed by a parent or guardian). Once completed, the application must be submitted to one of the Police Cadet Post Advisors, Ofc. Pollard or Ofc. Arnold. The application can be submitted either by mailing it to Ofc. Pollard or Ofc. Arnold at the Camillus Police Department, 4600 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13219 or by submitting it in person at the Camillus Police Department.

Membership is limited to 18 Police Cadets. If Police Cadet openings are available, your application will be reviewed and approved by the Police Cadet Post Advisors. You will then be contacted and scheduled to attend two regularly scheduled monthly meetings in order to determine your degree of interest in the program. After attending the two regularly scheduled meetings and a background check has been completed, you will then be accepted into the Police Cadet program.

Police Cadets must meet the following requirements:

Be between 14 and 21 years of age
Be enrolled in High school or College
Maintain at least a 70% in education classes
Maintain a good school attendance and disciplinary record
Be of good health and of good moral character
Have no serious traffic or criminal arrests or convictions

The Police Cadet Program is affiliated with the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Educational Association. For more information, visit http://nerleea.org.

For more information please call (315) 487-0102.