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Police Cadets

Let us help you start your police career through our police cadet program.

Police Cadets

Do you want to be a police officer? Do you have exceptional diversity skills, knowledge, and connections to help us serve our growing and diverse community? Brooklyn Park may be able to help you start your police career.

Cadet program hiring

The objective of the Police Cadet Program is to facilitate the entry of qualified candidates for police officer positions into the Police Department and to provide the best possible police service to our very diverse community through the recruitment of persons with exceptional diversity skills, knowledge, and connections.

Police cadets are individuals the Police Department has conditionally committed to employ as peace officers as soon as they become qualified for such a position and the Department has an opening it is authorized to fill.

The Department assists the cadet in preparing for the pending police officer position by providing a full school scholarship for the required pre-service education and by a part time, uniformed, paraprofessional position to orient the cadet to the Department’s mission, policies, procedures, equipment, and methods of providing law enforcement services.

Cadets work a flexible, part-time schedule to allow them to complete their college courses in law enforcement.

What do cadets receive?

College scholarship

Cadets receive a scholarship to obtain the college courses necessary to qualify for a peace officer position, including books, fees, uniforms and equipment. We expect cadets to attend school full-time.


Cadets receive $23.15 per hour, plus part-time benefit package. We provide uniforms and equipment


Cadets have a working peace officer advisor.


Cadets have opportunities to ride along with officers and practice skills needed to graduate from school, including firearms training on the range.

Promotional offer

Cadets receive an immediate conditional promotion offer to become a police officer with the Brooklyn Park Police Department as soon as the cadet becomes eligible for police licensure, the cadet meets of all normal hiring standards for a peace officer position and the Department has an opening.

Applying to become a cadet

Police Cadets Badge

You must complete a City of Brooklyn Park cadet application online. When openings become available the application will be posted on the employment page. We only accept applications when we have an opening. Candidates must be 18 or older. If you are under the age of 18, please look into our Explorer program.

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