Cadet Post Basic Requirements

Explorer Post Basic RequirementsThank you for your interest in the Escondido Police Department Cadet Post. Here are a few basic requirements of the program.

  • Applicants must be between 16 and 20 years of age (can apply at 15 ½). Applicants under the age of 18 must have consent from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Members of the Cadet Post are volunteers.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in and attending high school or college-level courses.
  • Applicants must maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
  • All applicants must submit to a background investigation.  Indications of drug or alcohol use or prior arrests may disqualify an applicant. Indications of current drug or alcohol use or any felony convictions will disqualify an applicant. 
  • All applicants who are accepted into the program will be expected to attend a one week live-in Academy at UC-San Diego during July/August 
  • Once accepted into the program, Escondido Police Cadets are required to attend two meetings, special events and community outreach events, and one patrol ride-along per month. This is a total of approximately 30 hours per month of volunteer work.   Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month and attendance is mandatory.
  • Cadets are given a first-hand look at the law enforcement career field.  Cadets receive hands on training on subjects such as: traffic control, enforcement stops, interviewing witnesses, and conducting investigations into serious crimes.   Cadets also participate in special events such as assisting at Sobriety Checkpoints, traffic control at special events including parades and street fairs, and various events interacting with the community of Escondido.  During monthly ride-a-longs, Cadets use the police radio, assist with paper work and directly participate in most calls for service. 
  • For young men and women interested in the field of law enforcement or criminal justice in general the Escondido Cadet Post offers a realistic view of what the job is all about.