Cadet Post #2055

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IMG_2694smThe Mesa Police Department Cadet Post is dedicated to preparing young men and women for a career in law enforcement by developing a fundamental understanding of police procedures, duties and concepts. The Mesa PD Cadet Post embraces a community service attitude and requires ethics and professionalism in all who are Cadets.

What is the Law Enforcement Cadet Program?

The Cadet program is the young adult career education program of learning for life for both young men and women who are age 14 (graduated the 8th grade) through their 21st birthday. The Law Enforcement Cadet program is a youth development program centered on law enforcement careers. Law Enforcement Cadets might choose to take part in crime prevention activities, community policing, traffic control, fingerprinting, ride-alongs, patrol procedures and connecting activities with high schools, court systems and national state and local academies. The bottom line is that the Law Enforcement Cadet program is an action-oriented, hands-on career discovery program.


  • Be 14 (graduated the 8th grade) to 21st birthday.
  • Have a good moral character.
  • Remain in school while in the program or until graduation.
  • Maintain a "C" average or higher.
  • Not have a serious police record.
  • Take and pass a written exam.
  • Be able to attend Cadet meetings.
  • Be willing to volunteer your time to attend Cadet functions.
  • Be willing to commit to the Cadet code and exemplify the professional image of the Mesa Police Department.
Both male and female young adults who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply.

DSCN0180smHow do I apply?

  • Obtain an application packet (PDF).
  • Complete the application packet and bring it IN PERSON to the Youth Development Unit. See application for directions.
  • Complete a willingness questionnaire.
  • Complete and pass an interview by Cadet command staff and Cadet advisors.
  • Pass a background investigation.
  • Cadet command staff and advisors make a determination on acceptance or non-acceptance.


Cadet Post #2055 is active and holds regular meetings every Thursday evening.  Cadet applicant openings are currently OPEN and have been extended to Thursday, December 12, 2019.  

Applicants are required to drop off their fully completed applications to the Youth Development Unit, located at 130 N Robson, Mesa AZ 85201 (Mesa Police Headquarters) or at 3260 N 40th St. Mesa, AZ 85215 in the Police Administration building #4.

Please Note Drop Off Times:

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Thursdays, November 7, November 14, November 21, and December 12, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the 3260 N 40th Street location ONLY

If you wish to have an application packet mailed to you, please call the Cadet office at 480-644-4869.

Download the application packet (PDF).


GOPR0377smAbout the Cadet Program

The Mesa Police Department has an effective Law Enforcement Cadet program for young adults, which will assist each Cadet in developing:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Leadership Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Citizenship
  • Character

At weekly meetings, Cadets study various laws and participate in hands-on training, such as traffic stops, various types of police investigations, evidence processing, radio procedures and weapons handling. Cadets not only learn about law enforcement, but are also taught and are exposed to traits and skills that will make them more prepared for any career field they choose. Our objective is to develop a successful skill set within each Cadet to help prepare and sustain a competitiveness within all Cadets upon entry into the professional world.


IMG_3174smBasic Training for New Cadets

  • Cadet recruits, upon acceptance, will participate in a 10-week basic instruction course administered by Post Senior Cadet staff.
  • Upon completion of the 10-week entry course, Cadet recruits will be placed on probationary status with Post.
  • MUST attend and successfully graduate a police agency sponsored Cadet/Explorer academy during the summer following completion of the 10-week instruction.
  • Upon graduation of academy, will be classified as a Cadet.


Past and Present Mesa Police Explorer Program

The first Mesa Police Explorer Advisors were Officer Alan Bradly and Officer Duffy Nielson. The Post started with 17 members, eight of which were also Eagle Scouts. The Post was first established in 1969 as Post #55. If you decide to join, you will become part of a legacy that was established nearly half a century ago.

During the course of 2018, our Explorer Post is becoming a Cadet Post. We are no longer associated with the Learning for Life organization. That being said, the organization and program itself has not changed. We remain the same without the Explorer title.

Over the years the interest in the Explorer Program has consisted of many Explorers graduating from the program and moving into a career in law enforcement. Our program is a high energy youth group that participates in many aspects of law enforcement. Join our ranks!

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IMG_3140smConferences and Competitions

Each year Cadets are able to attend conferences and competitions in different areas of the United States. Some of the conferences the Mesa Police Cadets have attended have been held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Washington, D.C.; Redding, California; Ontario, California; and Needles, California to name a few.

Attending these trips gives the Cadets an opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have learned during their training. Some of the competitions that the Cadets participate in are:

  • Team Building
  • Domestic Crisis Intervention
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • First Aid
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Report Writing
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Building Search
  • Traffic Stops
  • Obstacle Course / Physical Agility

In order to be eligible to attend these trips and conferences, a Cadet must be active and in good standing in the program.



Instruction is provided by sworn law enforcement personnel, guest speakers and senior Cadets at weekly meetings. Through prior training and experience, they teach Cadets techniques and skills in law enforcement disciplines ranging from crime prevention to crime scene investigation. In addition, from these weekly meetings and community service events, Cadets gain valuable interpersonal and life skills.

Law Enforcement Cadets receive training that is similar to what sworn law enforcement personnel receive. These skills are then put to the test in a variety of scenarios at state and national competitions. Some topics the Cadets are trained in include:

  • Traffic Stops
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Crime Scene InvestigationIMG_3757sm
  • Evidence Processing
  • Firearms
  • Arrest and Search Techniques
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Radio Codes and Procedures
  • Criminal/Constitutional Law
  • Report Writing
  • Traffic/Crowd Control
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR
  • OC Exposure


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What the Cadet Post Is NotIMG_3762sm

The Mesa Police Cadet Post is not a program for "at risk" youth. An applicant cannot have any arrests and/or convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors (i.e., domestic violence). A member must be able to work independently and with other Cadets, Cadet supervisors and police officers. The public will hold them to the same standard as police officers and they must be able to conduct themselves in a similar manner. An applicant must be reasonably physically fit and be able to stand for long periods and work in various weather conditions.


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