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Cadet Program

Are you interested in becoming a future leader in the community?  The City of Lexington is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Cadet.  The goals of the Police Cadet program are to expose men and women to the various aspects of police work in order to prepare them for a career in law enforcement.  Police Cadets will promote the community's opportunity to enjoy a safe and positive environment.  


Police Cadets are required to wear uniforms, do not carry firearms, and will not have sworn Police Officer status. They will be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions and will be required to work shifts, weekends, and holidays.  


Successful candidates must not have been convicted of a felony or crime of moral turpitude and must pass a polygraph exam, and a background investigation.

Highly motivated candidates who are seriously considering a career in law enforcement will be assigned to perform a wide variety of support and administrative duties in a learning capacity and will assist and observe police officers and other general employees. Incumbents may have the opportunity to learn and gain additional experience for a career in law enforcement. Police Cadets must be willing to perform physical fitness tasks in preparation for matriculation to a law enforcement academy.

Police Cadet – Part-Time position at an Hourly rate beginning at $12.50.




Essential duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 


  1. Operates police information equipment including computer systems and teletypes; enters and researches information at the direction of a Police Officer or other general employees; and assists in processing, packaging, labeling, storing, and destroying property and evidence. 

  2. Photocopies, files, indexes, and locates police records and related documents. 

  3. Rides with Police Officers to observe and learn peace officer responsibilities and techniques. 

  4. Performs errands for the department such as transporting information. 

  5. Provides traffic direction and control for special events. 

  6. Assists with code enforcement, parking, and community engagement programs. 

  7. Relays information as needed to appropriate departmental personnel. 

  8. Performs related duties as required.




Ability to:

Learn the principles, practices, procedures, laws and ordinances, terminology and operation of equipment used in law enforcement and crime prevention.



High school diploma or the equivalent, and current enrollment in good standing at a college or university OR current high school enrollment with status as a Senior.



Possession of a valid Virginia Driver's License.


Physical Requirements

This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping and feeling. Vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly. Hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound. Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities. The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and oils.

 Other RequirementsMust be available to work nights, weekends, and holidays.


Desirable Qualifications

Ability to: Learn to correctly interpret and apply the laws, codes, policies, and procedures related to law enforcement  automated  information  and  records  management  systems; maintain accurate records and files; operate a variety of office equipment, including a computer terminal; work courteously with the public, other law enforcement agencies and departmental staff; understand and carry out written and oral directions, and communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; work outdoors in all weather conditions; use equipment necessary to provide public safety; operate a two-way radio communication device; operate an automobile;  and spend long hours on foot.


Desirable Qualifications for Police Cadet Assignment:

  • Possess at least a 2.0 GPA;

  • Show an active interest in a law enforcement career; and


Additional Requirements

  • No felony convictions

  • No domestic violence convictions

  • No misdemeanor convictions involving morale turpitude  

Successful candidates must pass a thorough background investigation, which may include a criminal history check for job-related convictions, fingerprinting, a polygraph test, a credit check, and a check of drug use history.


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