MCP, Montgomery College to Launch Cadet Academy, Program

A new cadet academy and program is coming to the area thanks to a partnership between the Montgomery County Police Department (MCP) and Montgomery College.

“We are very excited to offer this and partner with the county,” said Karen Ambrose, program manager for
Montgomery College Workforce Development & Continuing Education. “This is a wonderful opportunity for anybody who is looking to get into the law enforcement area.”

The department had a cadet program in the late 1960s into the mid-1970s but it was ended after college credits were added to the requirements for becoming a police officer. About two years ago, the department decided to explore reviving the program.

This year, the department is relaunching the cadet program and adding on an introductory six-week academy from May 23 to July 1 held at the Montgomery County Public Safety Academy in Gaithersburg. The class runs five days a week, eight hours a day. Those interested must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or a General Education Development equivalent, a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check.

MCP Officer Demond Johnson said 20 candidates will be chosen for the academy, which will feature driving, criminal law, report writing, physical fitness and team building exercises.  “They will receive the same training that we receive as police officers,” he said. “The only thing is it will be abbreviated. … We are the only agency in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia area that has put together a cadet program with a six-week academy prior to that (program) to actually give these candidates these opportunities to see exactly what it would be like to be in a police academy.”

Those interested may apply online until Jan. 20. “The minimum we would like to get is at least 100 applicants or 150 applicants,” Johnson said.

For those who are selected, they will enroll in the non-credit class through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education, which serves about 30,000 students or more a year.

Those who complete the cadet academy may apply to be accepted into the cadet program where they will receive a stipend or salary of $12,000, pending budget approval. Cadets will be assigned to different sections throughout the department.

Once cadets are 21 years old and have the required college credits, they may apply to become a police officer. “We are actually building an applicant,” Johnson said. “We are building a police officer before they even get (to the officer academy).”

To apply, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/POL/career/cadet.html. For more information, contact Johnson at 240.773.5313 or demond.johnson@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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