WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee on Thursday to highlight the legislation to make more residents eligible to participate in the MPD Cadet Corps. Requirements like graduating from a DC high school would be removed with this legislation.
This event took place at Ballou High School in the library.
Right now, about half of the current cadets are women and 97% of cadets are people of color, according to the mayor’s office.
The Cadet Program eligibility was extended back in 2016, with Mayor Bowser increasing the maximum age for participation from 21 years of age to 25.
During the press conference, Mayor Bowser and Chief Contee discussed MPD’s relaunch for the High School Cadet Program (HSCP). This program is aimed to provide training, mentoring and experience for high school students interested in the law enforcement field, according to the mayor’s office.
After the press conference, there will be a Cadet Prospect Day for youth who may be interested in HSCP.