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Police Cadet Program The Columbus Division of Police Recruiting Unit was tasked with developing a three-year Cadet program encompassing a sixteen-week curriculum that will train “Police Cadets” in general community service minded, leadership focused, administrative, and clerical related job functions in conjunction with knowledge of basic law enforcement.  These job functions will be focused on department efficiency, crime prevention and furthering the goals of the Columbus Division of Police while working under the supervision of Cadet Training staff and police patrol personnel.

Police Cadets will be given the necessary training and experience to increase the likelihood of success on the City of Columbus Civil Service police entrance exam with the ultimate goal of obtaining future employment with the Division of Police This is a paid internship earning $14.45/hr. 

The following areas will be the focus of the training:
1. Leadership
2. Wellness
3. Community Policing/Engagement
4. Physical Fitness/Subject Control
5. Introduction to the Law Enforcement culture
6. Division Directives, Patrol SOP Overview
7. Basic firearm safety and driving techniques
8. Bureau rotations/ride-along
9. Civil Service testing preparation

Following the sixteen-week classroom instruction, Cadets will rotate working in different subdivisions and participate in community events while simultaneously maintaining a physical fitness regimen twice a week until successfully passing Civil Service testing and gaining acceptance into the Columbus Police Academy. 

Cadet Eligibility Qualifications:
• 18 years of age at time of application
• High school diploma or GED
• Possess a valid Driver’s License

Cadet Program Vision Statement:
The Cadet Program through leadership focused learning will ensure the highest quality of candidates stay engaged with the Division of Police from adolescence to academy introduction.

Police Cadet Physical Fitness Training Overview:
It is the goal of the physical fitness training program to provide Cadets with the knowledge and applicable skills to begin, maintain, and sustain a productive and successful career in law enforcement. This goal can be accomplished through education, motivation, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
Through education, we can guide the cadets to a higher level of both strength and cardiovascular endurance. Instruction includes proper technique and methods to ensure safety.

The Columbus Division of Police (CPD) physical fitness program will follow the standards outlined by the CPD Recruit Training Academy.  These standards will ensure that the cadets are performing at their best.  Furthermore, these standards will aid each cadet in preparing for the physical fitness portion of both the Civil Service physical fitness testing process and the OPOTA pre-employment physical fitness examination.

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To learn more about the Columbus Division of Police Cadet Program, please call Sgt. Lindsey Alli at (614) 645-7078, or email [email protected].