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Cadet Program

What is a CADET?

The C.A.D.E.T. program is designed to give the youth of our community, who may be considering a career in Law Enforcement, the opportunity to experience the day to day operation of the Police Department before having to make a career decision.

The position of Police Cadet is a full time paid position with many benefits including paid college tuition. Cadets must serve a minimum of 18 months (and have reached their 21st birthday) before entering the Police Academy to become a full time Police Officer.

Can you meet these qualifications?

  • U.S. Citizen
  • No chronic record of misdemeanors. No felony convictions.
  • Vision - at least 20/100, correctable to 20/30, normal color.
  • Hearing - normal
  • Height and weight proportionate
  • Minimum 17 1/2 years, maximum, must not have reached 23rd birthday by date of hire.
  • Education minimum - High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Must pass the following tests:
  1. Oral Interview
  2. PSE - Truth Verification
  3. Drug Test
  4. Psychological Test
  5. Background Investigation
  • If not a Wyandotte County resident, you must relocate within 6 months of hire.

Duty Assignments

  • Records and Technology
  • Police Training Academy
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Property Room
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Teleserve Unit
  • Special Enforcement
  • Community Policing
  • Traffic Support
  • Investigations Division
  • Operations Bureau
  • Animal Control
  • Parking Control
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Cadet Benefits

  • Starting Salary is $1,549.25 a month.

NOTE: Higher education will determine a higher starting salary.

Paid Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day after
  • Labor Day
  • Good Friday
  • Christmas

Other Benefits

  • Vacation after 1 year - 11 days
  • Sick leave - 1 1/4 days per month
  • Paid Insurance
  • Overtime pay
  • Paid College Tuition
  • Initial uniform issue with a yearly uniform allowance of $200

The City of Kansas City, Kansas is not taking applications for positions in the Police Departments Cadet Program at this time. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, fill out this pre-application form and you will be contacted when applications are being accepted. Pre-application forms will be kept on file until the conclusion of the next available recruitment drive. Applications can be obtained from the Kansas City, Kansas Human Resources Office (913) 573-5660 when the Department is actively recruiting or click here for a printable Cadet Pre-Application Contact Form.


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