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EPS relaunches Cadet program


“I think they’ll just have a blast.”

After a 4-year temporary suspension, the program is back with a new curriculum, featuring partnerships with several different EPS units like Recruit Training Unit and the Firearms Training Unit. The new program brings a more hands-on approach to learning, including age-appropriate police related soft skills and demonstrations to build an understanding of the role of a police officer in the community.

“When we paused the program, a lot of people were disappointed, which speaks volumes to how much it's valued by our members and the public,” said Cst. Amy Humphreys, Youth Program Coordinator. “There is a lot of excitement for the return of the program from EPS members, former Cadets and their families, community members and the like. We are thrilled to be offering it again.”

Cadet Corps is aimed at youth aged 14-18 interested in a future career in policing. The curriculum is designed to challenge students both physically and mentally, work as a team, build character, and provide valuable leadership skills. At the end of the term, students’ training culminates in the opportunity to participate in select policing scenarios. 

Past Cadet students have gone on to become EPS officers in various ranks, including senior management, as well as represent other policing agencies across the country. Some have also gone on to be positive role models in non-policing roles within their communities, having developed the skills to ensure their successes for any career aspirations.

The EPS Cadet Corps began in 1959 as a Scouts Canada program called Police Venturers. In 1990, it became a police-run program and celebrated its 50th year in the spring of 2009. It continued for another 10-plus years before being put on pause as the program underwent restructuring.

Participation in the Cadet program allows students the opportunity to apply for the Duke of Edinburgh award, an esteemed recognition for youth posed to make a difference in their communities and earn high school credits as part of work experience.

Applications for the 2024-2025 year are open until May 31, 2024. Interested students can apply online at edmontonpolice.ca/cadets. Applications are accepted in May of each year with the program running from September to the following May.