ESCONDIDO–The Escondido Police Department and Explorer Post 2600 is currently recruiting for the position of Police Cadet.

This is a volunteer position which is dedicated to teaching young men and women about law enforcement and a potential career in that field.

Escondido Police Cadets participate in community events, provide traffic control, ride along as an observer with police officers, assist police personnel in various aspects of law enforcement, and are mentored by law enforcement professionals. Each candidate goes through a training/probation period and also is encouraged to attend the annual San Diego County Law Enforcement Explorer Academy, which is a live-in training experience at UCSD held the second week of August.

Applicants must be enrolled in high school, college, or home schooled, and maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5. All applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have not yet reached their 20th birthday. All applicants must be of good moral character, with no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, and willing to work in a dynamic, fast paced environment.

All interested parties are required to attend an orientation night to be held in the Community Room of the Escondido Police Department, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, on January 23 at 7 p.m. Interested parties under the age of 18 must bring a parent with them to the orientation.

Applications will only be given out at this meeting. Positions are limited. Upon receipt of an application, each candidate will be interviewed, physically tested, and have a background check conducted.

Additional information can be found at, or by calling Officer Akans at(760) 839-4425.