In August 2022, the Moscow Police Department launched its first-ever Cadet Program. The program was designed to give college students an opportunity to gain knowledge, training and experience in the field of law enforcement. MPD was able to partner with the University of Idaho making it possible for MPD Cadets to also earn college credit toward their degrees through their participation in the program.
The requirements for membership to the Moscow Police Department Cadet program are as follows:
1.) 18 years of age or older;
2.) Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university;
3.) Interested in a career in law enforcement;
4.) Meet and maintain 2.5 GPA or higher;
5.) Commit to participate in the program a minimum of 20 hours a month;
6.) Possess a valid driver’s license;
7.) Pass application and testing process and subsequent background investigation;
8.) Attend all program trainings and/or meetings.
The Cadet Program runs concurrently with the University of Idaho scholastic calendar year. New Cadets are required to attend the MPD Cadet Mini-Academy which is held the week before the start of the fall semester. The Mini-Academy consists of 40 hours of classroom instruction as well as scenario-based training in many different aspects of law enforcement.
After the completion of the Mini-Academy, Cadets are required to attend bi-weekly trainings which are held at the police department and must complete at least one ride-along with an officer each month. MPD Cadets are also encouraged to participate in many of MPD’s community events. There are many other opportunities for Cadets to be involved in other MPD functions such as working alongside officers at University of Idaho sporting/entertainment events.