Six people have a chance to become the first cadets for the Kennewick police.
The new program is to help people start their career in law enforcement with a part-time job where they work with the police and perform various duties.
“The goal is to grow our own,” according to Chief Ken Hohenberg. “Young people who live here in the Tri-Cities, who want to make a difference in their community, now can work part-time while they are going to college to become a police officer.”
Applicants must be between 18 and 22 years old, capable of working 20 hours a week, pass a physical test, pass a written test and be approved during an interview with police command staff.
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The job of cadet pays $10 per hour, according to the police. Cadets are eligible for college tuition reimbursement.
“They could be offered a job as a full-time police officer,” stated Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Cadets are eligible to apply for entry-level police positions when they turn 21 years old and have positive performance reviews, polygraphs test, and physiological evaluation.
“We currently accept new hire applications for entry level police officer, lateral applications for police officers employed at other agencies, and with this new program, we will have a third way for men and women to apply to be a Kennewick police officer,” stated Lattin.
To apply to become a cadet, people need to visit the City of Kennewick website.