Applications Open for Springfield Police Cadet Academy

If you know a young adult that is interested in a career in law enforcement, then you might want to tell them about the Springfield Cadet Academy opening applications for their latest round of recruits.

The Cadet Unit is a volunteer operational unit with a goal of preparing the cadets for a career in law enforcement while also helping to fill some of the needs of the department.

Cadets accepted into the program will attend the Springfield Police Cadet Academy. Graduation from the academy will require passing all academy requirements and attending at least 85 percent of the academy training from August 13, 2019 through October 3, 2019.

Cadets will be trained on a wide range of subjects like agency standards & procedures, report writing & forms, CPR/First Aid, defensive tactics, firearms safety, traffic & municipal ordinances, and more.

The hands-on training work of the cadets begin after their graduation from the academy in October and will be required to serve four hours a month to maintain their standing as a cadet.

The program’s major benefit for someone seeking a career in law enforcement with the Springfield police department is that anyone who completes three years in good standing will only need 30 accredited college hours to apply with the department instead of the 60 hours required for non-cadets.

Here are the minimum requirements for the program:

  • 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

Anyone interested in the program can fill out this application form before June 7, 2019.

If you have questions about the program, contact officer Victoria McKinney at 417-864-1351 or email.