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.
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
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.
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.