Cadet - Police Development Program
The Appalachian State University Police Development Program is a two year program. Cadets who successfully perform their duties and maintain academic standards for one academic school year will then be given the opportunity to receive police training required of a law enforcement officer, including attendance in the Appalachian State University Police Academy. This program has many benefits, including receiving certification as a state certified law enforcement officer.
Police Cadets perform non-law enforcement duties for the Appalachian State University Police Department (APD), including radio dispatch duties, security assignments for buildings and events, and special assignments that necessitate the presence of APD but not the presence of a sworn police officer. Cadets liaise with other workers and are briefed on the situations and issues of the day; they keep the department and the other workers advised on situational developments as appropriate.
Cadets work closely with faculty, staff, students, and visitors, from diverse backgrounds.
Cadets observe and report suspicious activity, can approach individuals and enforce university policy without compromising personal safety, and must call for a sworn officer to detain or arrest. Cadets do not have police authority. Cadets who successfully perform their duties satisfactorily and maintain academic standards, as demonstrated by a minimum GPA of 2.5, for one academic year, will have the opportunity to receive police training required of a law enforcement officer of the State of North Carolina, including attendance in the Appalachian State University Police Academy. Upon graduation from the Academy, the cadet is then commissioned as a police officer and will work as a part-time police officer for the Appalachian State University Police Department until receiving their academic degree.
Approximate Hours Per Week: 12-20/varies
- Must possess a valid N.C. Driver's License
- Be a full-time student at Appalachian State University with at least two years remaining in their academic studies and with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Have no Felony or serious Misdemeanor convictions.
- Pass a battery of physical and psychological tests.
- Pass an intensive background investigation.
- Pass a Drug Test.
- No Domestic Violence Convictions.
- Must be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
- Skill in communicating, both verbally and in writing.
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact and communicate with others from diverse backgrounds and work in a team environment.
- Ability to work effectively and professionally in extremely adverse and stressful situations.
- Ability to discern suspicious situations.
- Possess basic knowledge of computers and word processing/email/database software systems.
Qualified applicants will be provided a Hiring Packet by the Appalachian State University Police Department during the application process.
Interviews will be conducted during February and March of 2020.
Start Date: August 3, 2020
Duration: Until Graduation from Appalachian State University
About the Appalachian Police Department
The Appalachian State University Police Department supports the university’s academic mission by working in partnership with the campus community to prevent crime, solve problems and improve the quality of life on campus. The department’s philosophy is one of proactive community engagement, collaboration and customer service, holding the safety and health of Appalachian’s community members as its top priorities. State-certified police officers, security officers and civilian employees comprise the department, and this team of professionals helps to create and maintain an inclusive sense of belonging for all members of the Appalachian Community — students, faculty, staff and visitors. Additionally, through its efforts, the department aims to be a leader in innovative public safety ideas and strategies. Learn more at https://police.appstate.edu.