Cadets Program

The Cadets program is for young men and women between the ages of 13 – 21 who are interested in serving their community by assisting police and learning basic police skills. LAPD Pacific Division police officers work with these young people to develop leadership skills, discipline academic excellence and life skills. Their participation in community events and diverse special projects provide invaluable service to local neighborhoods and business.

The program seeks to empower students to maximize their personal, scholastic and their life potential. It has four principle goals:

  • To recruit young men and women who are interested in building positive relationships between police and the youth of our communities.
  • To provide a forum in which young people can provide community service while working with law enforcement.
  • To provide character-training, public-speaking and academic instruction that prepares young people for their future.
  • To offer physical training that will result in improved physical fitness for all who participate in the program.

The program is free but Cadets must meet the following conditions and requirements:

  • Between 13 and 20 years of age
  • 2.0 GPA or above
  • Have no record of serious arrests or convictions
  • Maintain good moral character
  • Present a written recommendation from a teacher, faith leader or other responsible adult who is not a relative.
  • Obtain a medical examination (no serious medical conditions)
  • Attend and graduate from the Cadet Academy
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve the community and participate in Cadet activities

United States citizenship is not a requirement to participate in any of the LAPD youth programs.

Newly accepted Recruits attend the Cadet Leadership Academy.  The Academy meets on Saturdays for 15-consecutive weeks and is designed to help Recruits lay the foundation for their future as an LAPD Cadet. Through academics, physical training and drill, Recruits develop teamwork, leadership, and a variety of basic law enforcement skills that they will be able to use throughout their time as a Cadet as well as in their everyday lives.

For more information about getting involved,
Officer Brianna Brown at

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20151014_172414Cadets At Weekly Meeting At Station
20151014_173157Cadets At Weekly Workouts At Station


3 Mile Hike in Runyon Canyon.

Here are a few of the cadets running at Jet To Jetty
an annual 5k/10k fundraiser for mental health – August 29th.
Cesar Ureña, Andres Ureña, Luis Ureña, Karen Lopez and Cindy Ortega.
Cadet Cindy Ortega came in first place in her age category
Cadet Cindy Ortega came in first place in her age category

A special thank you to Booster Mike Arias for sponsoring our team
and Officer Jennifer Marroquin and Detective Alicia Elliott
for running with and supporting the kids
Goodby Party for Lt. Derek French
Been a Cadet since 2010 and leaving for his
Junior Year At St. John’s University.

Cadets At Portraits Of Hope
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Cadet Day At LMUcadetsatlmu2


The Cadets doing colorguard detail at Muscle Beach opening ceremonies 5/23/2015 – Joe Wheatley Productions


Cadets entering Cadet Academy Graduation ceremonies at USC, May 2015.


May Graduating Class of 2015~

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