The LAPD Cadets, is a cadet program run and sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Department for youth aged 13 to 17.
Cadets volunteer in several different ways for the police department, including taking part in ride along, charity assistance, working in stations, and other tasks. The cadet program has posts at all of the LAPD’s 21 regional divisions, South and Central Traffic divisions, LAPD Headquarters, and a post in partnership with the YMCA (Gateway). The University of Southern California and Los Angeles Airport Police both host affiliated cadet posts as well, and as of 2020 there were 2,000 cadets.
In order to join the cadet program a person must be between the ages of 13 and 17, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, have no serious criminal record, obtain a medical examination, and complete the cadet academy
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