The Police Cadet Program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to obtain valuable work experience in a law enforcement environment. Cadets are given rotating assignments flexible with their college class schedules while working within the Chicago Police Department (CPD).  While becoming a Chicago Police Cadet is not a prerequisite for employment as a Chicago Police Officer, it is a paid part-time position which introduces young Chicagoans enrolled in college to the exciting and fulfilling career of public service.


  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 21 and enrolled in a nationally or regionally accredited college or university that grants Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Individuals selected for the program must maintain an academic schedule of a minimum of 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours per year and a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0/5.0 or 2.0/4.0.

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