Police Cadet Program
The police cadet program is a 3 year paid internship program for young adults interested in a career in law enforcement. Cadets will participate in an 18 week academy before transitioning to job assignments.
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 $14.93/hr.
The curriculum consists of:
3. Community Engagement
4. Physical Fitness / Defensive Tactics
5. Introduction to Law Enforcement
6. Division Directives, Patrol SOP Overview
7. Basic firearm safety and driving techniques
8. Bureau Rotations / Ride-Along
Following the 18 week classroom instruction, Cadets will rotate working in different subdivisions and participate in community events while simultaneously maintaining a physical fitness regimen, and continued education 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
Columbus Division of Police Vision Statement:
The Columbus Division of Police will contribute to a safer city by
valuing its employees and the community it serves. The Division will be
dedicated to embracing change, building relationships, and treating all with
dignity while upholding the law.
Police Cadet Physical Fitness Training
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 OPOTA pre-employment physical fitness examination and recruit academy fitness standards.
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