Police Cadets

Hands on experience in the challenging field of Law Enforcement!
        Pictures of group of Police Explorers in uniform.

Police Cadets are youths 14-18 years of age, who are of good moral character, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and have an interest in Law Enforcement. The Orange City Police Cadet program promotes character development, citizenship, training and personal fitness through Law Enforcement training and fun community service.

Orange City Police Cadets meet every Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM, at the Wava Hall (200 N Holly Ave). During this time, Cadets are exposed to safe, structured Law Enforcement training, to include classroom principles and hands-on practice on the following topics:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Accident Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Traffic Stops
  • First Aid
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Search and Arrest
  • Bomb Threats

Cadets are mentored by full-time police officers, called advisers, who have many years of experience. There is a chain-of-command within the post, in which Cadets, who demonstrate competence and maturity, can attain leadership roles.

The Police Cadet Post is a non-profit organization and do fund raising to participate in many events including Parades, Manatee Festival, Fireworks and Fun, National Night Out, all City Parades. The Police Cadets have worked with local businesses and schools providing assistance with varied programs.

Post #2301 also participates in the Central Florida Law Enforcement Explorer Academy (CFLEEA) at Seminole State College each summer.

None of this is done without a cost; uniforms, equipment, and travel expenses. Your assistance via our sponsorship program makes a way to offset these expenses. If you would like to donate to our Cadet program, please contact us. All donations are tax deductible.

Cadets do not have actual Police Powers of Arrest!!!

Parental participation is welcomed!!!

Questions regarding the Orange City Police Cadets should be directed to Officer Jamaila Rodriguez, Post Advisor. Phone number (386)775-9999 or e-mail ocpd-explorers@ourorangecity.com

Applications can be picked up at the Police Department during normal business hours or on Thursdays at the Cadet meetings.

By submitting your application to be a member of Post 2301 you will be taking on a tremendous responsibility that will also include opportunities to learn and grow. You will need to maintain an image that positively reflects your association with the Orange City Police Department.

Membership Requirements

  • Must be 14 to 18 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in an academic institution at 9th grade level or higher
  • Must be of sound moral character
  • Must have no serious criminal history
  • Must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA

Check out our Facebook Page to see what we are doing.

The young men and women of this program have participated in several annual events, to include:

National Night out
Blue Springs Manatee Festival
Movie in the Park
Light up Orange City
Fireworks and Fun
…and several more.

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