Police Department Cadet Program

The Overland Park Police Department Cadet Program is designed to immerse individuals ages 18-20 in a hands-on, law enforcement training environment. Each Cadet is assigned to the Training Unit for work assignments, training opportunities and educational check-ins and rotated throughout the police department for various field and office assignments. 

Cadets are required to enroll as a full-time student at Johnson County Community College. Costs associated with the program are covered as a part of employment.


Danielle Herring
Police Intern & Cadet Coordinator
[email protected]

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Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Eligible candidates must:

  • Be between 18-20 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or evidence of equivalent achievement.
  • Successfully pass a police department-administered polygraph exam.
  • Pass an in-depth background investigation.
  • Pass a city-coordinated drug screen, psychological evaluation and physical.

Past criminal activity

Eligible candidates must not:

  • Have been convicted, or have had a conviction expunged, diverted, or deferred for any state or federal felony crime or misdemeanor domestic violence crime convictions.
  • Have used any illegal drugs, with the exception of marijuana or synthetic marijuana, within the last five years.
  • Have used marijuana or synthetic marijuana in the last year.
  • Have an established pattern of prescription medication abuse.
  • Have had revoked or curtailed the right to legally own or use a firearm under federal, state, or local law.
  • Currently be charged with or under indictment for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations.
  • Currently be on criminal probation.

The following activities may not automatically disqualify an applicant for employment, but will be closely scrutinized on a case-by-case basis:

  • Sales, distribution, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drug.
  • Unlawful use of medication not prescribed to the applicant within three years before the application for employment.
  • Commission of any other potential felonious acts not listed above, detected or undetected.

Driving record

Eligible candidates:

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record prior to beginning employment with the city.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on four or more moving traffic violations within the past three years.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on a serious traffic violation, including DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, vehicular homicide, transporting an open container of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage, eluding a police officer, and negligent homicide, within the past three years.
Three Overland Park Police cadets pose together for a photo.


We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Cadet Program. 

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