KPD seeks cadets for officer training

The Kingman Police Department is looking for older teenagers interested in law enforcement careers.

In the 2003-2004 budget, the Kingman City Council approved two full-time positions for police cadets at the police department, police spokeswoman Tracie Homer said.

The cadet program is for men and women between the ages of 18 to 21 who want a career in law enforcement but do not qualify because state law requires police officers to be 21.

A cadet will learn the job and perform some of the same duties of a certified police officer, Homer said.

The police department is accepting applications.

The testing, which is the same as for a certified officer, will take place Aug.

16 at the department.

Successful cadets could begin working by mid-September.

Twenty-year-old Sarah Phillips was one of the first to apply for a police cadet position.

"I always wanted to go into law enforcement," Phillips said.

Phillips works for the Victims Witness Program through the Mohave County Attorney's Office.

She said she enjoys helping people while going out on 911 calls.

The cadet applicant must successfully complete a physical examination, a written entrance exam and a police background check.

The applicant also must pass a physical ability test and a polygraph and psychological examinations, Homer said.

Physical testing includes push-ups, sit-ups and a 1.5-mile run.

Physical testing is gender and age specific, Lt.

Ray Sipe said.

As a daily routine, cadets will ride along with officers on patrol.

"This will be a tremendous recruiting tool," Sipe said.

Once hired, the cadets will wear uniforms of dark blue pants and light blue shirts.

They will not be allowed to carry firearms.

The cadets will be trained in all aspects of the police department and be evaluated on their performance.

The salary will be about $19,300 a year, Homer said.

Their duties will include surveillance of homeowners' properties during vacations, issuing witness subpoenas by telephone and filling out lost and found property reports.

They will also assist officers at crime scenes and traffic accidents and with impoundment property and evidence, Homer said.

Assigned to their own squad cars, cadets will write parking and civil traffic citations and prepare detailed reports of observations and investigations.

If their evaluations are good, cadets can attend the police academy in Phoenix when they are at least 20 years and eight months old.

The academy is four-months long, Homer said.

Completed applications can be picked and returned to the police department at 2730 E.

Andy Devine Avenue.

For more information , call753-2191.

The department currently includes a police chief, two captains, four lieutenants, seven sergeants, 23 corporals and 16 other officers.