The Beaverton Police Department is launching a Cadet Program for young men and women, ages 16 to 20, with an interest in law enforcement. The Cadet Program will pair these young adults with police officers to provide hands-on career experience, team building skills and leadership development, all while having fun. The cadets will participate in meetings, trainings, ride-a-longs, Oregon Liquor Control Commission Minor-in-Possession alcohol details, community events, school safety fairs, Boy Scout presentations and Special Olympics, to name a few.
Many communities around the U.S. have similar programs and it has proven to be a beneficial stepping stone for future careers in law enforcement, government officials, and community leaders. Our hope is that the police cadets will play an important part in cultivating a diverse workforce for the department’s future. We are very excited to introduce such a great program here in Beaverton.