The Chandler Police Cadet program is specifically designed for young men and women ages 14 to 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Cadets receive training in many aspects of law enforcement from simple fingerprinting to major case preparation. Training is just a small part of the Cadet program. Cadets also provide service to both the community and the Chandler Police Department through community service projects such as McGruff the Crime Dog, fingerprinting children and registering and conducting safety inspections of bicycles. During civic events like the Chandler Ostrich Festival, Cadets assist in locating lost children and providing security.
Chandler Police Cadets work hand in hand with officers, dispatchers and clerical personnel during ride-alongs with officers and while working at the police department. In addition to the law enforcement training, Cadets receive the opportunity to obtain skills in a business environment while communicating with professionals on a one-on-one basis. Chandler Cadets can train with the department’s bicycle team and once certified, they become members of the Cadet Bicycle Team.