Md. police chief seeks to revive cadet program
10 part-time cadets would assist with paperwork and other tasks and tend to be more successful police academy recruits
By Pamela Wood
The Baltimore Sun
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Anne Arundel County is moving to restart its police cadet program, which was eliminated more than a decade ago in a round of budget cuts.
Officials said this week that for about $180,000 per year, the county's Police Department could hire 10 part-time cadets — young adults who would learn police work while helping with duties such as directing traffic, canvassing neighborhoods and completing paperwork.
The idea has the support of police Chief Kevin Davis, who is looking for ways to drum up funding to resume the program in the current budget year, which runs through the end of June.
The program would allow the cadets to learn about police work while police supervisors evaluate them to see whether they'd make good candidates for the police academy. Davis said such cadets tend to be more successful in the academy, cutting down on the "washout rate" of unsuccessful candidates who cost taxpayers money.