Metro East police leaders announce the formation of a new organization – Metro-East Cadets of Policing. The program is for young men and women, ages 14 to 21, interested in learning more about a possible career in policing. This will be an ongoing program where cadets may be involved for a number of years in the program, until they reach the maximum age of 21.
Cadets will be placed into a learning environment to help prepare them for careers on policing or public service. In addition to learning policing techniques, cadets will be exposed to training on ethics and integrity, leadership and teamwork, fitness, communications skills, and career preparedness.
In addition to learning about policing, the program will offer cadets opportunities for community service, fundraising and activities including educational field trips and recreational entertainment such as camping, sporting events and other outdoor activities.
The program’s primary goals are to: (1) serve as a tool to diversify police candidate recruitment in the area; (2) promote positive interactions and understanding between police and youth; (3) provide career development skills to cadets; (4) develop a sense of community and a dedication to service among young men and women; and (5) have fun.
The program will begin taking applications in early October and will officially kick off its activities in November. The program will be headquartered at the Fairview Heights Police Department.
In addition to many police agencies in the Metro East being involved, the program is supported by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Wigginton, St. Clair County States’ Attorney Brendan Kelly, the Boy Scouts of America, the Urban League of St. Louis and the Law Enforcement Foundation of Illinois.
For information about the program, contact Amber Hopkins at the Fairview Heights Police Department at (618) 489-2150.