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St. Louis Police Launch Cadet Program to Fill Shortage

The new version of the SLMPD cadet program looks for young people ages 18 to 21 who want to work for the department part time.

June 14, 2018 - 6:16 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Faced with a continuous shortage of 120 officers or more, the St. Louis Police Department is launching something next month that it's not had in 40 years.
 
Mayor Lyda Krewson says the city wants to get people who are interested in law enforcement early. The new version of the SLMPD cadet program looks for young people ages 18 to 21 who want to work for the department part time. 
 
The program pays $13 an hour and offers college tuition assistance for those who want to attend school at the same time, which is encouraged. This in order to help build a "pipeline" for people to get into the academy, Krewson says.

"What we are really attempting to do is take those young people that are coming out of high school who think, 'I might want to be a police officer.' And then give them the cadet experience for three years at a very good hourly wage, and let them both work a little and go to school a little - get exposure," she says.
 
The department prefers 18-21-year-olds but you can apply as late as age 25. Police officers have to be at least 21.

Applications are still available for the program, which gets underway July 1 when the new budget takes effect.