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Cadet Program

Redwood City Police Department Explorer Program

Since 1992, the Redwood City Police Department has been giving high school kids an opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement through its Cadet Program. Cadets volunteer 10 hours of their time each month, as well as attend monthly meetings and training sessions. Working with sworn police officers at public events and assisting in various capacities throughout the department helps the young people develop new leadership skills and explore many of the facets of public service. This program is nationally known as “Exploring-Learning for life” and is a part of the co-ed division of the boy Scouts of America. Cadets assist with all of Redwood City’s major activities, including the annual 4th of July Parade and fireworks display, the yearly holiday Toy Drive, and numerous other community events. In addition to their volunteer efforts, they train year-round for their annual State Explorer Competition, where the team competes against groups from around the State in shooting, scenarios, and various leadership exercises.

The purpose of the Cadet Program is to increase community relations between the youth of the Redwood City and the Police department and to provide them with direction and guidance in preparation to accepting the responsibilities of becoming an adult. The program is also a source of future reserve officers, community service technician, dispatchers and police officers for the city of Redwood city.




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