Police Cadets are paid, non-sworn, student employees who have an interest in law enforcement or who want to pursue a career in law enforcement. The program allows students to get invaluable hands-on experience in law enforcement while still pursuing their educational goals. Complementing the UMPD, the Police Cadets provide an additional level of security and further strengthen the UMPD community policing efforts. Assigned primarily in the residential areas, the cadets work very closely with police officers and the Residence Hall security force. Cadets are extensively trained in police techniques, perform foot patrols, parking enforcement, prisoner watch, and perform ancillary functions to free officers for other duties. As students, they often see and hear what the police cannot, spotting problems early and alerting police to intervene and prevent escalation.
You must complete an application in order to be considered for selection, to request more information please contact Jim Meade, Residence Hall Security Manager at 413-545-3959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Open to any college students
- Must stay enrolled as a student during his or her employment in the Cadet Program
- Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better
- Pass a physical examination and an academic test
- Online application through the UMass Amherst Human Resources PageUp system
- CORI check
- 3 Person panel interviews are held in the spring of each year for the next academic year
- Must successfully complete the in-house Cadet Academy (see below for details)
- Any student who fails to complete any step in the Selection Process is encouraged to apply again through the PageUp system
About the Training Program
The training program consists of 100 hours, as part of this recruits must participate in a 50 hour live-in “Cadet Academy” during the end of August each year. During this time they receive instruction on criminal law, de-escalation techniques, UMPD procedures to comply with accreditation standards, defensive tactics, communication techniques, physical fitness, and more. Those who are unable to complete all aspects of the training will not continue in the Cadet Program.
Pathways of Police Cadet Graduates
Since the program's beginning in 2003, more than 160 young men and women have participated in the UMPD Police Cadet program. Many have used the experience they gained as a launching point to a career in law enforcement.
Police Cadet graduates are employed at police departments in Amherst, Ashland, Belchertown, Bernardston, Longmeadow, Northampton, Northfield, Monson, Palmer, Pittsfield, Ware, Framingham State University, Freeport ME, Las Vegas NV, West Hartford CT, as well as the Massachusetts and Connecticut State Police Departments. At least eight graduates are employed by UMPD.