Since 1999, the Chandler Police Department has hosted the best youth law enforcement tactical competition in the nation. The 2017 event, held the weekend of January 13-15, was no exception. Over 1,000 members of Law Enforcement Cadets/Explorers posts from all over the country traveled to Chandler to participate in twenty-four simulated law enforcement activities including: Crisis Negotiations, Incident Command, Tactical Emergency Medical Support, and the 10 Man Hostage Rescue.
The Chandler Police Cadet Program hosts the event, and Chandler Police Officers and civilian employees volunteer as judges and coordinators. The annual tactical competition serves as the major fundraiser for the Cadet Program which is open to young people ages 14 to 20. Members assist the police department at many city events and functions, and participate in various community service projects. The efforts of the program focus on developing the skills necessary for success in any vocation, while instilling the values of personal integrity, service to one’s community and being part of something bigger than yourself.
To learn more about the Chandler Police Department Cadet Program click here.