CORVALLIS POLICE CADETS MISSION
The Corvallis Police Department maintains a Police Cadet unit comprised
of citizen volunteers to enhance the police-community partnership and
provide auxiliary resources in support of policing activities. The
program is designed to provide an introduction to law enforcement to
those interested in pursuing a career in this rewarding profession.
Cadets who desire to continue in the law enforcement profession are
encouraged to apply with the Department once they turn 21.
The Corvallis Police Department Cadet Program broadens the
capabilities of the Police Department in handling community policing
functions, community events, unusual events, natural disasters, and
- Instilling an understanding and appreciation of the criminal justice system and the ethics applied in a law enforcement career.
- Develop an understanding of Oregon laws and City Ordinances and their application in real-world incidents.
- Create a team-oriented environment that focuses on personal and professional development.
- Develop an understanding of the community policing philosophy and the importance of forming partnerships with our community.
A ride-along is one
of the best ways for a cadet to learn about law enforcement. As a cadet
observes and helps their officer, they learn how to use the radio, write
reports, and complete forms, among the many other things a police officer does.
Once a cadet has the necessary knowledge, they can use the radios, in-car
computer, complete forms and help the officer in many other ways.
Cadets complete an initial field training program to build the
foundation of law enforcement knowledge. Cadets are required to attend a two
week police cadet academy in June, and they may also attend an optional
Corvallis Police Department Citizen's Academy, which is one evening a week for 10 weeks. Additionally, they have monthly training
sessions on topics like, crime scene processing, criminal investigations,
traffic stops, building searches, CPR & first aid, defensive tactics,
firearms, vehicle operations and other advanced law enforcement skills.
Cadets are responsible for guiding tours of the Law Enforcement Building
to various community groups, like Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, the citizen's
academy and classes from local schools.
Cadets provide traffic and crowd control for community
events. The Cadet Program helps with the Oregon State University football
traffic management plan, Polar Plunge and parades.
Cadets provide security for community events like the Polar Plunge and the Red, White and Blues Festival.
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application:
- Be at least 16 years of age, but not more than 20 years old
- If under 18, applicant will need parental consent
- Be a United States Citizen
- Possess a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
- Be enrolled in high school or college and have a GPA of at least 2.75
- Be of good character and reputation
- Applicants cannot have a criminal history, or juvenile criminal history
- Be in good physical condition
To continue in the program, a cadet must:
- Attend a two hour monthly business meeting, usually scheduled on a weekday evening
- Attend a five hour monthly training session, usually scheduled on a weekend morning
- Ride-along at least one patrol shift per month
- Maintain a 2.75 GPA
- Obey all Department General Orders, procedures and protocols
How to Apply:
Applications are available at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis, OR. They are also available on line: Application.
Cadet Application Process:
- Submit cadet application
- Oral Board Interview
- Background Investigation
- Field Training
Once a cadet is selected, they reach the status of Cadet Trainee and begin the field training program. The field training program is 50 hours of ride-along time spent with an on-duty patrol officer learning about patrol functions, investigations, criminal and traffic law, radio procedures and other patrol officer duties. After a cadet trainee completed the field training program, they are considered a Cadet.
Anyone interested in joining the Cadet Program is encourage to request a ride-along. Applications for a ride-along are available at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis, OR or online: Ride-along Application.
For additional information about the Cadet Program, call 541-766-6578.