From a very young age, I’ve dreamt of becoming a police officer. A great deal of friends and associates seem to find this shocking, considering my
disapproval of the penalties inflicted upon criminals. Often I see certain laws and punishments too strong, or at least questionable. One example of
this is narcotics illegalization. I don’t feel marijuana should be illegal at all. Other times I feel laws and punishments are too weak, or again at
least questionable. An example of this is all punishment for violent crimes be it assault, rape, child abuse, or anything of that nature.
This has not deterred my interest in becoming a law enforcement official however, as those things which I disagree with are entirely on the judicial
level as opposed to the area which I wish to be a part of – protection and prevention. Though I may disapprove of the overzealous or weak-handed
decisions made by those rightfully elected to represent the interests of the population, and may even distrust the government itself to a degree
(hence my membership at ATS), I still wish little more than to achieve the roll of a commissioned officer within my local community. I view it as my
calling, due to the fact that I have nearly always wished and hoped to someday achieve that goal perhaps more than anything. An issue has arisen over
the past few weeks though, as I’ve recently decided to reinvest effort into doing what I can to make it happen. There in lies the purpose to this
I have decided the appropriate step I should take at this time is to become a police cadet so that I will have experience when of age to apply to the
academy. As I’m nineteen at current, I couldn’t join the academy yet anyhow, so it just seems like the right thing to do. I haven’t been able to
find any information at all as to how to go about that in my community, but have found a PDF provided by the local police department which confirms
there is indeed a cadet program. I’ve asked a few cops in my family if they could offer advice, but since they aren’t officers in the area they
cannot citing things are different here as opposed to where they are, and they wouldn’t know who to contact or what to do where I live.
I’ve noticed a few individuals on this site claiming to be police officers, and I have noticed a few people who appear to be from my area, Saint
Louis, MO. If anyone has any information as to how to become to a cadet in either Saint Louis City, or Saint Louis County (preferably county), I would
be most appreciative. Anything you can provide in reference to the topic of becoming a police cadet in general would be beneficial as well.
Also, a few people have expressed the belief to me that a cadet is the term used for those within the police academy. While this may be true, a cadet
is also the term used (at least here) for those functioning as a non-commissioned officer at/with a local precinct in an attempt to gain experience
for the academy.
Here’s a snippet from a PDF file provided by St. Louis County:
Saint Louis County Police Department PDF
EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE: You must have either:
1. An associate’s degree or 64 semester credit hours from an accredited university or college. Both require a cumulative average letter grade of AC@
or a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, or
2. A high school diploma or GED with one year full-time prior police experience or two years of military service. Police experience can be in a
non-commissioned position with the St. Louis County Police Department designated by the Chief as part of the Departments Cadet Program.
So there is a cadet program, and it is indeed designed with the purpose of providing potential academy applicants with a means to gain experience
beforehand. That’s what I make of that quote, and what I’ve been told. Now, the real question is this: anyone know how to get in or have any
comments, questions or concerns relevant?