Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Edmonton Police Service has made the difficult decision to postpone the Cadet Program for the first half of the 2021-2022 school year. During this time, the Service is taking the opportunity to undergo some restructuring of the program. We strive to provide unique opportunities for youth to participate in a program that develops leadership skills and camaraderie while also getting an inside look at the world of policing. While we know this is disappointing, we are excited at the changes that this will bring and look forward to sharing them with you.
An announcement will be made when we are once again accepting applications to the program.
The Edmonton Police Cadet program is focused on the development and preparation of youth in becoming responsible citizens through leadership-based activities, teamwork and community volunteering. This will be accomplished through the Edmonton Police Service core values and partnership with community programs.
The Cadet Corps program reinforces four core values that mirror those of the Edmonton Police Service:
- Citizenship – participating in community events alongside key partners to increase valuing service and diversity competency.
- Leadership – giving opportunity for young people to develop and grow in their personal resiliency. Opportunities to increase confidence and lead peers will be available
- Pride & Discipline – sessions are designed to challenge the mind, body and self. Participants will receive assignments that will require teamwork in order to reach final goal. Young people will develop an understanding of respect and trust.
- Challenge – The program works hard at provide personal and team challenges that provide youth with a new realization of what they can achieve.
In order to be eligible for the program, youth must:
- have a keen interest in policing and considering a future career in law enforcement
- be of 16 - 18 years of age; 16 years of age at date of program start and no older than 18 years of age or older upon application submission
- have completed application assignment (provide current resume and cover letter )
- have 1 written letter of reference – (Professional, volunteer or academic reference); no family or friends references
- be attending school full time.
- provide a recent report card from school
- undergo a screening process which includes an Enhanced Police Information Check. (this check includes a review of immediate family members and residents of the household)
- undergo fitness testing and a panel interview
- maintain a high level of integrity
- maintain a minimum 85% attendance record with program
- have Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status;
- have no criminal convictions or association with known criminals