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Mayor Walsh reinstates Boston Police Cadet Program


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Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans in announcing the reinstatement of the Boston Police Cadet Program, a training program for Boston's youth seeking a career in law enforcement.

"Recruiting and cultivating diverse talent to the Police Department is a top priority of my Administration," said Mayor Walsh. "Our Diversity report served as a blueprint for where we are in city government when it comes to race and diversity of our workforce. When we worked with the City Council to include funding in this year's budget to bring back the cadet program, I knew it was the kind of investment that was needed to build our community up, and create pipelines to success for all of Boston's young aspiring officers."

The Boston Police Department is seeking applicants for the upcoming policecadet exam to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The deadline to apply for the upcoming examination is November 1, 2015. Those who are interested should or call 617-343-4677.

"The Cadet program provides a great opportunity for city youth to join the Boston Police Department," said Commissioner Evans. "I am very grateful to the Mayor for bringing this invaluable program back and encourage those eligible, to sign up and join the first and finest police department in the nation."

To be eligible candidates must be between the ages of 18-24, be a current resident of Boston, and have maintained Boston residency for the last 5 years, be a United States citizen, have a valid Massachusetts driver's license and take and pass the November 14th exam. We encourage all highly motivated young men and women who meet the above requirements to apply.

The Cadet program is a minimum of a two-year commitment. Cadets rotate throughout the Department in various assignments and shifts, including Headquarters, District Stations, and other specialized units throughout the City. Primary responsibilities include: routine clerical and administrative duties, answering phones, data entry, traffic duty, utilizing Department vehicles, barrier work, and related duties as required.

In April 2015, Mayor Walsh released the City's first-ever Workforce Report, examining diversity throughout municipal government. The cadet program was identified as one of the many solutions to boost diversity in the workforce.

If selected for appointment, candidates must pass an extensive screening process including: drug testing, a pre-employment physical, an extensive criminal background check, and a rigorous 8 week cadet training program (both academic and physical in nature) at the Boston Police Academy.