​Boston Police Cadets Start Their First Day of Training at the Boston Police Academy

On Monday, July 8, 2019, Boston Police Cadet Class 22-19 began their first day of training at the Boston Police Academy.

The Boston Police Cadet Program is an on-the-job training program for Boston's youth seeking a career in law enforcement. The program is a minimum of a two-year commitment. Cadets rotate throughout the Department in various assignments and shifts, including Headquarters, District Stations, and other specialized units throughout the City.

To be eligible you must be between the ages of 18-24, be a current resident of Boston, and have maintained Boston residency for the last 5 years, be a United States citizen, have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and take and pass the Boston Police Cadet Exam.

If selected for appointment, candidates must pass an extensive screening process including: drug testing, a pre-employment physical, an extensive criminal background check, and a rigorous 8-week cadet training program (both academic and physical in nature) at the Boston Police Academy.

Good luck and stay safe out there!


The City of Boston is Now Accepting Applications to Become a Police Cadet

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Apply to become a Boston Police Cadet! City of Boston residents between the ages of 18-25 are eligible to apply to join the BPD through the cadet program. Through a two-year commitment, cadets are able to gain valuable information and a direct path to becoming a Boston Police Officer.  With the successful completion of the cadet program and by passing the civil service exam, cadets will receive preference on the list of eligible candidates for a police recruit class. Apply online here before the deadline on March 15, 2019.



MAYOR WALSH, COMMISSIONER EVANS SWEAR IN FIRST CLASS OF BOSTON POLICE CADETS SINCE 2009: Today, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans presided over a swearing-in ceremony for 42 Boston Police Cadets at the Boston Police Academy. Mayor Walsh, who announced the reinstatement of the Boston Police Cadet Program a year ago, was especially pleased with the level of talent and diversity represented in the new class. Said Walsh, “This is phenomenal opportunity for young people interested in making a difference in our community by becoming police officers. I know Commissioner Evans was a Police Cadet so it just goes to show where this opportunity can lead. I’m especially impressed with the level of diversity in the class. Seventy-five percent of our new Cadets come from a diverse background which clearly speaks to our commitment to diversity as well as our ongoing efforts to be one of the most inclusive police departments in the country.”  The cadet program is a 2-year apprenticeship designed for Boston residents between the ages of 18-24 interested in joining the ranks of one of the more storied and professional police departments in the county. Said Commissioner Evans, “I’m so happy to see the return of the Boston Police Cadet program because of the opportunity it provides our city’s young people. As a former Cadet turned Commissioner, I started where they’re starting today and I know first-hand that the sky’s the limit for this class and their aspirations to become Boston Police Officers. I also told them a lot has changed since I was a Cadet. And, to be a successful police officer today, you have to be able to work in partnership and win the trust of our community members. For the BPD, community policing isn’t just a slogan, it’s our way of doing business.”