Pocatello Police Cadet Program

Pocatello Police Department Officers on Bicycles

Are you ready for the adventure?

The Pocatello Police Department is dedicated to the youth of our community. In 1999, we initiated the Police Cadet program in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, we have been proud to assist many of our graduates attain employment at law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Idaho.

The Police Cadet program is designed for youth ages 14 to 20 to receive the unique opportunity of hands-on training in the field of law enforcement, molding them into prime candidates for hire upon attaining a high school diploma (or GED) and meeting the minimum age requirement. Law enforcement is an ever-changing and evolving field, and the youth of today will be the law enforcement of tomorrow. So, we want to give our youth a step ahead.

Our Cadets are trained in a variety of ways. They receive traditional classroom instruction, participate in hands-on teaching scenarios, and accompany officers on patrol. Officers volunteer their time to work with Cadets one on one and to offer the practical advice and wisdom that comes only through experience. Cadets receive instruction on most aspects of law enforcement, which prepares them for a safe and successful career as a police officer should they pursue that path.

At the Pocatello Police Department, we hold ourselves to a higher standard and expect the same of our Cadets. Cadets are asked to represent the agency with pride and respect. We expect our Cadets to shine as role models and mentors to those around them. Our standards are strict but absolutely attainable through hard work, ethical and moral conduct, and a desire to succeed.

If you think you have what it takes to explore a career in law enforcement with the Pocatello Police Department, talk it over with your parents. If you have questions about the program, please speak with one of our officers.

NOTE: All aspiring Cadets must complete an application with signed consent from a parent and/or legal guardian to be considered for membership in the PPD Cadet Post.