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Meriden Police Cadets Academy

Annually, Meriden Police Cadets attend the Cadet Academy. The Academy lasts for one week and provides the Cadets with a sense of what it would be like to attend a Police Academy. 

Trainings include:

1) Basic Training--First Year

     Phase one classes include:

               •  Report Writing        
               • 
Firearm Safety
               •  Motor Vehicle Law

   Explorers learn to march and will participate in a marching drill competition.

2) Advanced Training--Second Year

     Phase Two classes include:

               •  Search and Seizure
               •  Accident Investigation
               •  Crime Scene Investigation

      At the range, Cadets will compete for team and individual shooting awards.

3)  Practical Skills--Third Year
    
     The program will cover patrol and arrest techniques baton training and much more. There will also be classroom and
     hands on training as well as physical agility testing.

4) Mock Police Department--Fourth Year

    In this phase, Cadets will be assigned shifts to work in the Cadet Police Department.  They will respond to a variety of
    calls and will be critiqued by a Field Training Officer. Cadets may apply for Rank or Detective within the Mock Police
    Department.

 5)  Career Development

      This phase is designed for Explorers who are in top physical condition.  This is a rewarding yet challenging phase. 
      This phase prepares an Cadet to take  the test to become a Law Enforcement Officer.

 6)  Mountain Bike

      In this phase, Cadets will complete a Police Bicycle Patrol Course.

***Range***

All Cadets will be offered an opportunity to shoot at the Academy Range.  Cadets will work one-on-one with a Police officer or an NRA certified instructor.