The Cadet program is a recruitment tool used to expose interested citizens (from the age of 18 to 25) to the law enforcement profession, in the hopes the student will pursue a career at the Wilmington Police Department. Working as a Police Cadet, students will gain hands-on experience while being exposed to the day-to-day operations of a police organization.
While working in an administrative capacity cadets are assigned to the front desk, criminal investigations division, the professional development unit, and the property and evidence division. Cadets are part-time employees with a flexible work schedule to accommodate their school schedule.
Other benefits of the position include:
- Eligibility for tuition reimbursement of up to $1000 per fiscal year
- Salary of $9.00 per hour
- Uniforms provided by WPD
- Employer contribution of 4.5% to 401k or 457 plan
- Police Cadets must participate in the NC Retirement System with a 6% mandatory contribution
Upon completion of their degree, cadets are eligible for the Cadet II position. The Cadet II position is full-time and includes an increased salary and all police officer benefits. The Police Cadet II position is highly considered for a spot in the next WPD training academy.
- 18-25 years of age
- Possess or be eligible to obtain a NC driver's license
- U.S. Citizen