Mission: The Eastern Washington University Police Department Cadet Program strives to serve the university community, extend the outreach of the department, while gaining law enforcement experience to better the university and community.
Vision: Eastern Washington University Police Cadets will exemplify the highest standard of conduct while they are participating in the Cadet program. This level of integrity will be maintained during Cadet Activities as well as in their personal lives.
Goals: To assist the Eastern Washington University Police Department in serving the university community, by protecting life and property. To ensure all persons are treated fairly with respect, while preserving State and Federal laws. To encourage unity and the tolerance of cultural and racial diversity for all members of the university community. To serve as a recruitment tool for future men and women in law enforcement. To serve a community relations effort on campus between police, students, and the community.
Interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement? The Eastern Washington University Police Department has an active Police Cadet program that plays a vital role in providing quality police services to our University community. The cadets are full-time college students who work part time between 10 and 19 hours per week. The program allows a student to gain valuable experience working in a law enforcement organization while pursuing educational goals.
This part-time job is designed to develop the skills and abilities of individuals who are interested in pursuing a future career as a sworn Police Officer.
Some of the functions performed by the Police Cadets include parking enforcement, providing directions and assistance to the public, providing assistance and traffic control at special events, locking and unlocking of campus facilities, greeting the public in the Police Department Office, administrative office functions and assisting the public with jump starts.
This program has been highly successful in achieving this goal as previous cadets have been hired at agencies across the state such as:
- Washington State Patrol
- Washington State Fish and Game
- Kootenai County Sheriff's Office
- WWU Police Department
- Chelan County Sheriff's Office
- Benton County Department of Corrections
- Adams County Sheriff's Office
- EWU Police Department
- Walla Walla Department of Corrections
- Othello Police Department
- Ellensburg Police Department
- Pacific County Sheriff's Office
- Colfax Police Department
- WSU Police Department
We are always interested in qualified individuals who would like to become police cadets. Our hiring periods are during the first part of May just before the end of the spring quarter. However openings during the school year sometimes occur. Applicants must enjoy working with the public and be able at times to work in a fast paced environment. In addition to parking enforcement, the cadets conduct many of the administrative functions of the police officers. Applicants may fill out an online application at Handshake. Questions can also be directed to any campus police officer.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Police Cadet is a non-sworn position similar to a Police officer trainee. Police Cadets provide valuable support services to law enforcement in a paramilitary law enforcement environment. Police Cadets participate in training that introduces them to the fundamentals of law enforcement, and prepares them to pursue a career as a sworn police officer.