The police cadet program is designed to offer an introduction to Law Enforcement for young men and women interested in pursuing career in this rewarding profession. The program provides mentorship, classroom instruction and hands on training.
Instill an understanding and appreciation of the criminal justice system and the professional ethics applied to Law
Develop an appreciation and understanding of South Carolina laws and court room
What will I do as a Police Cadet?
Once accepted into the program, cadets work many details and assignments in uniform and are involved in the following areas or community events/services:
Attending weekly meetings
Patrol campus by foot or golf cart
Observe and report suspicious or criminal activity
Report unsafe conditions and inadequate lighting
Ensure safety of the campus
Police Cadets gain valuable experience and training in the preparation for a career in Law Enforcement. Although Police Cadets have no Police Powers, they receive the following training:
Community Policing philosophy
Ethics and Decision-making
Crime Scene Control
South Carolina Laws
Requirements and Applications
Those interesting in the program must meet the following criteria
Maintain of a minimum of a 2 GPA
Have no arrests or convictions which would prohibit employment as a Police Officer
Able to pass a Background Investigation
Able to Pass Interview with Captain/Chief and Program Advisors
Be committed and wanting to progress into a career
Age: The Benedict College Police Department Cadet Program is open to all persons interested in Law Enforcement between the ages of 18-20.
School: All Applicants are required to be enrolled in college. Members are required to have and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 before applying and while a member of the Cadet Program.
Cadet Training: Cadets must complete a training Phase before being allowed to ride on patrol with a regular officer. 20 hours of ride-alongs with a Cadet Advisor, 20 hours of various details, and pass a test in order to complete the probation phase.
Meetings: Meetings will be held every Wednesday (TBA). All meetings are mandatory.
You must be willing to work to continually improve the cadet program. You must understand and be willing to obey all program rules and regulations, school policies and the Benedict College Police Department Policy and Procedure Manual
You must demonstrate a professional demeanor and remain in good standing at all times while in the Cadet Program; violators are subject to termination if otherwise.
Cadets will follow any order given by any Police Officer to the fullest.
Notice to Applicants
Application Process: Applications will begin to be reviewed for acceptance into the Police Cadet Program
Background Investigation: The Benedict College Police Depart1nent will conduct a co1nplete criminal and driving record investigation on each applicant. Applicants with any criminal convictions, whether arrested or citation, or a poor driving record may be disqualified. Applicants should attach a separate sheet of paper to their application to explain any convictions whether they be criminal or traffic. An example is as follows:
Charge: Speeding more than 5 mph over but less than 9
Outcome: Fine – 82.50
Oral Interview: Applicants will be required to pass an oral interview given by Cadet Advisors and Captain/chief. Applicants will be asked a variety of questions pertaining to Law Enforcement and the applicant’s background.
If you have any question comments or concerns please contact Sergeant Sherman by email: firstname.lastname@example.org office phone: 803-705-4626.
Copy of Driver's License
Consent to Background Investigation
250 word minimum essay on why you are interested in Law Enforcement
Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033- 4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Benedict College.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy Benedict College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.