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0630.25 Cadet Program



  • DIR 630.05 Vehicle Pursuits
  • Law Enforcement Cadet Application (Cadet Coordinator)


POLICY (630.25)

The Cadet Program within the Bureau is designed to acquaint young men and women with the general field of police work, to acquaint them with the Bureau and to assist their educational needs toward a career in law enforcement.

The Law Enforcement Cadet Program’s major objectives are:

a.  To identify and educate future law enforcement personnel.

b.  To develop an appreciation and understanding of law enforcement service in the program participants.

c.  To instill in those participants an understanding and appreciation of the justice system, law and professional ethics as they apply to the field of law enforcement.

PROCEDURE (630.25)

Overall responsibility of the Law Enforcement Cadet Program (LECP) resides with the Chief of Police or designee. Administration of the Cadet Advisory Committee, and organization of the Cadet Academy are the duties of the Program Coordinator with the assistance of the Post Advisors. The Coordinator will also receive requests for cadet service, directing them to the appropriate Cadet Post, while organizing and supervising activities involving multiple Posts.

Nothing in this directive prohibits an RU or Cadet Post from establishing more rigid guidelines.

Membership Requirements (630.25)

a.  The LECP is available to young men and women who:

1.  Desire a career in law enforcement.

2.  Are between 16 and 20 years of age.

3.  Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in high school.

4.  Have no arrests or convictions that would prohibit employment as a Portland Police Officer.

5.  Possess a valid driver’s license by the age of 18.

b.  Applicants who have a physical or mental disability will be evaluated to ensure they can participate in all the essential components of the program with or without reasonable accommodation.

c.  Prior to full participation in LECP, applicants must complete their scheduled training program (i.e., Cadet Academy).

d.  Successfully complete a background check and oral interview.

Cadet Responsibilities (630.25)

a.  Cadets have no police powers.

b.  Cadets will adhere to all applicable directives and SOPs.

c.  Cadets will not drive Bureau or Post vehicles outside of the academy or Post training before reaching 18 years of age.

d.  Cadets will operate the emergency lights of a police vehicle only when they are:

1.  Within a designated accident or incident scene.

2.  At the scene of a traffic hazard requiring traffic control.

3.  So directed by a law enforcement officer.

e.  Cadets will only access LEDS and NCIC after training and certification from the Records Division (Records). Cadets must be 18 years of age to qualify for training and certification.

f.   Cadets will only access police reports under the direction of a sworn member, and obtain reports from Records through that member’s request of Records.

Cadet Activities (630.25)

a.   Cadets still attending high school will not be allowed on the night relief if the following day is a school day.

b.   Cadets will be limited to no more than ten hours of duty per day, unless authorized by their respective advisor.

c.   Cadets will be taught traffic control techniques and may perform traffic duties under the direct supervision of a sworn member.

d.   Cadets will be used in those operations that are not usually staffed by members. Cadets may be used to supplement members during special events, which may include:

1.   School event or church carnivals.

2.   Special holiday events.

3.   Parades.

4.   Delivering food baskets (after initial assessment by a district officer).

5.   Traffic control.

6.   Notification of abandoned autos.

7.   Vacation house checks.

8.   Elder person house visits.

9.   Search and rescue.

10. Taking reports of found property (i.e., bicycles, but not contraband).

11. Completing Investigation Reports on towing of patrol vehicles assigned to them.

e.   While on duty, Cadets will have radio and/or telephonic communication with the Bureau. Training in proper radio communications procedures will be required of all Cadets.

Ride-Along Policy (630.25)

a.  Cadets participating in ride-alongs will obey any and all directions given them by their officer partners.

b.  Either the Bureau member or cadet may terminate the ride-along at any time.

c.  On calls involving casualties or the threat of casualties, cadets may be used for guiding emergency vehicles to the incident.

d.  On any felony-in-progress call, the responding member has the option of:

1.  Allowing the cadet to ride to the scene and remain in the vehicle to maintain radio contact.

2.  Selecting an appropriate drop location and letting the cadet out of the vehicle. Cadets are not to be dropped off in high crime areas. The member must then notify a supervisor who will then have another member pick up the cadet.

e.  Cadets will adhere to the provisions of the pursuit directive regarding ride-alongs.

Organization (630.25)

a.  The basic unit of the LECP is the Post. Any major unit of the Bureau may sponsor a Post.

b.  The organizational structure of a Post will be designed to mirror the organizational structure of a precinct or unit.

c.  To promote better understanding of the Bureau ranking structure, the duties of each rank/position and to be consistent throughout the Bureau, cadet ranking will be:

Rank                              Insignia

Post commander             Silver oak leaf cluster, or double silver bars (for units other than precincts) (Commander)

Lieutenant                       One silver bar

Sergeant                         Three silver chevrons

Field training officer         FTO pin

Cadet                              None

Probationary cadet          None

Cadet Identification Number (EIN) (630.25)

a.  Each Cadet Post will issue and record their own cadet Identification Numbers (EIN). Cadet Posts will adhere to the following sequence for their EINs: North Precinct 7521-7540, Northeast Precinct 7621-7640, Southeast Precinct 7721-7740, Central Precinct 7821-7840, East Precinct 7920-7940.

Post Advisors (630.25)

a.  The activities of the Post will be coordinated through a Post Advisor who must be a sworn member of the Bureau.

b.  The advisor will be assisted by an Associate Post Advisor who will be a sworn member of the Bureau or a retired cadet who is at least 21 years old, or other as approved by the precinct commander, who wishes to continue volunteer community service.

c.  Individual Post Advisors are responsible to:

1.  Ensure completion of received Cadet Application forms, including the background investigation.

2.  Maintain a field 201 file on each active member of their Post.

3.   Forward originals of personnel paperwork to the Personnel Division (Personnel) for inclusion in Cadet’s 201 file (applications, letters of commendation, termination paperwork, etc.) with a copy sent to the Cadet Coordinator.

4.  Train their Post members.

Oversight and Advisory Board (630.25)

a.  A board of Cadet Advisors will be established and maintained to facilitate communication between Posts.

b.  The board will advise the Chief of Police, or designee, and RU managers, as requested, regarding cadet issues.

c.  The board will be composed of at least one advisor from each Post.

d.  The board will meet at least quarterly, as agreed upon by the majority of its members.

e.  Any comments, commendations or complaints regarding the Cadet Program will be directed to the board of advisors.

Personnel Division (630.25)

Personnel will maintain personnel files on Post members consistent with current procedures for Reserves.