A cadet preparing to ride with an officer
A Police Cadet is a non-paid, volunteer position available to qualified persons ages 16 through 22 years. Much like an apprentice or an intern, Cadets learn about law enforcement by observing police procedures while earning credits through High School or College. Frankenmuth Police Cadets participate in police training, administrative duties and occasionally ride with the sworn police officers.

Cadets ride on patrol, mainly as observers, to observe police officers performing their duties. They see how police officers deal with a variety of situations, such as traffic accidents, intoxicated drivers, investigation of domestic violence, assaults, burglaries, thefts etc. Their duties include assisting the Frankenmuth Police Department in a number of public relations areas. Cadets must be at least 17 years of age to participate in the “ride-a-long” section of the program.

Cadets also perform duties such as office administrative work and from time to time deliver documents to City officials. It should be noted a majority of the time spent is in an office setting with clerical duties, case follow up and preparation.

Learning about computer systems
Cadets will receive training which includes an overview of the judicial system, statutory crime definitions, police patrol tactics, interview techniques, public relations, policy review, basic first aid, CPR, hazardous materials, and crime scene analysis, among other topics of study. Cadets will also be subjected to a scaled down version of our Department Field Training Officer Program (FTOP).

Many persons involved in the Frankenmuth Cadet Program say the training they have received helped bolster their confidence, helped them become more goal oriented, and showed them how to work closely with others, promoting personal growth as well as learning leadership skills.

In short, this program is designed to assist students to be better prepared to construct resumes, sharpen interview skills, and make a smoother transition into the work environment of a police officer.

What are the minimum qualifications to become a police cadet?

  • Applicants must be between 16 and 22 years of age and possess a good moral character. This will be determined by the final background investigation report performed by a police department investigator and reviewed by the Chief of Police.
  • Any person attending high school or college must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5GPA. (You may not have a failing grade in any class.) Police Cadets are required to meet or exceed any other standards set forth by the School District.
  • Applicants cannot have a criminal history, or a juvenile criminal history. (No convictions, or arrests.)
  • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. The applicant must maintain a good driving record. Any driving crime (misdemeanor or felony), or suspension of any kind is automatic disqualification or removal from the program.
  • All applicants shall have the recommendation of the Director of Cooperative Education or designee from their respective school.
  • All applicants under 18 years of age must have signed consent form a legal guardian allowing the applicant to participate in the program. This will be satisfied by signatures on required paperwork.
  • All applicants must pass a drug test prior to appointment. This test will be at the City’s expense and administered at the site of our choice.
  • The applicant must be free of any serious physical or mental defects or impairment that would prevent active participation as a law enforcement Cadet.

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