Chicago Police DepartmentEmployee Resource E05-29
Police Cadet Program
Issue Date:21 April 2005Effective Date:22 April 2005
Index Category:Career Development
This directive:
  • A.outlines the Cadet Program.
  • B.delineates the responsibilities of:
    • 1.cadets and the Cadet Coordinator.
    • 2.unit commanding officers and supervisors.
  • C.continues the use of the Personnel Change Notice (CPD-11.611).
II.Cadet Program
  • A.The Cadet Program allows high school graduates between the ages of 17 and 21 the opportunity to affiliate themselves with the Chicago Police Department on a part-time basis prior to reaching the eligible age for appointment as a police officer.
    Cadets that are 21 years of age must meet the qualifications to apply for the police officer examination and take and pass the examination to remain in the program. Cadets may remain in the program until they are offered a position of probationary police officer, are disqualified as a candidate for that position, or the current eligibility list is no longer valid.
  • B.The program is designed to:
    • 1.attract candidates of outstanding ability for future employment with the Chicago Police Department.
    • 2.make effective use of cadets’ services in a supplementary police capacity.
    • 3.encourage interest and enthusiasm for a career in law enforcement.
  • C.Cadets are required to improve their competency through:
    • 1.enrollment in college courses in pursuit of a degree.
    • 2.completion of the Department’s initial training program.
    • 3.participating in on-the-job training.
III.Cadet Coordinator
The Cadet Coordinator, under the command of the command staff member of the Human Resources, will oversee the Cadet Program by:
  • A.supervising, recruiting, screening, and processing applicants.
  • B.periodically visiting units to which cadets are assigned or detailed in order to review the performance of their duties and maintain contact with unit commanding officers and supervisors.
  • C.ensuring that cadets are utilized and trained in conjunction with Department rules and regulations.
  • D.counseling cadets on their work performance, educational pursuits, career plans, and personal problems, as appropriate. When necessary, the Cadet Coordinator will take steps to rectify troubling situations.
  • E.assisting supervisors in the investigation of complaints against a cadet.
  • F.supervising the mandatory rotation of cadets with consideration given to the geographic location of the cadet’s home, school, and unit of assignment.
    Any request for deviation from this rotation policy will be submitted in writing to the command staff member of the Human Resources Division, by the cadet and will be reviewed by the Cadet Coordinator.
  • G.maintaining copies of academic records, reviewing final term grades, and supervising probationary periods for those cadets not maintaining academic standards established by the Department.
  • H.identifying additional training needs and submitting recommendations to the Education and Training Division for the content of cadet training courses.
  • I.coordinating the selection of annual vacations in conjunction with Department regulations governing civilian vacations.
  • J.coordinating special activities of interest to cadets.
  • K.conducting exit interviews with cadets requesting separation from the Department.
IV.Cadet Functions and Responsibilities
  • A.Cadets will:
    • 1.obey all laws and execute all lawful orders.
    • bound by the policies, rules, regulations, procedures, and directives of the Department.
    • 3.perform their assigned duties promptly and efficiently.
    • on duty during the hours prescribed by his or her unit commanding officer.
    • for duty at the time and place specified.
    • 6.notify a unit supervisor at least one hour prior to his or her scheduled reporting time if unable to report for duty.
    • 7.immediately notify the Cadet Coordinator by telephone if their detail or assignment changes.
    • 8.ensure the proper care and custody of Department equipment.
    • 9.surrender all Department equipment to the Cadet Coordinator upon termination of employment or as otherwise required.
  • B.Cadets must be enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university and maintain a course load of twenty credit hours per year (six semester hours per school semester, term, quarter, or equivalent) and a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 / 5.0 or 2.0 / 4.0 to continue employment. All tuition, books, and fees will be paid by the cadet. Classes will be attended on the cadet’s own time.
  • C.All cadets will:
    • 1.submit a Personnel Change Notice to the Cadet Coordinator through his or her unit commanding officer by the 5th day of each period.
    • 2.indicate, in the “Remarks Section”:
      • a.hours of assignment.
      • group assigned.
      • attended.
      • d.course titles.
      • e.a class schedule for the current term.
    • 3.submit an official class schedule to the Cadet Coordinator within one week of the start of each school term.
    • 4.submit official grade reports to the Cadet Coordinator within forty-five days of the end of each school semester term.
  • D.A cadet’s tour of duty will be arranged so as not to conflict with school schedules and will conform as nearly as possible to watch hours. Cadets may be utilized on any watch.
  • E.Cadets will typically be required to attend roll call for inspection and receive the benefit of roll call training.
  • F.The duties of a cadet will be specified by the unit commanding officer of the unit of assignment or detail.
    • 1.Cadets WILL NOT be assigned:
      • a.within detention facilities.
      • complete field case reports.
      • drive any marked Department vehicles.
      • handle bond money.
      • service Department vehicles or to perform any building maintenance tasks to inventory.
      • inventory property.
      • handle property determined to be evidence.
    • 2.Cadets will only be permitted to engage in secondary employment if they:
      • a.have attained the sixty credit-hour requirement;
      • b.are on the waiting list for appointment as a probationary police officer; and
      • c.obtain approval from the command staff member of the Human Resources Division.
  • A.Supervisors overseeing cadets will carefully instruct them in Department procedures and will ensure that they conform to the standards of conduct and performance established by the Department’s rules and regulations.
  • B.Unit commanding officers will notify the Cadet Coordinator of any disciplinary problem involving cadets.
Philip J. Cline
Superintendent of Police
04-242 RDR(PMD)