Three North Tech graduates have been hired into the St. Louis County Police Department’s Cadet program. The program is designed to introduce young people who are interested in pursuing careers in policing to the profession while paying them to work shifts for the department. It is intended to provide a comprehensive experience while preparing cadets to be highly qualified and educated law enforcement professionals.
Keith Venuto and Derrick Williams, both 2015 graduates, recently returned to North Tech to share their experiences with the current Law Enforcement senior class. Mr. Hines, their instructor, recommended them for the program and proudly shared that both will be entering the St. Louis County Police Academy in January. Kalisha Williams, a 2017 graduate, also came back to speak to students and was just hired to be a Cadet. When she completes the program in two years, she will also have a place in the academy. Upon graduation from the academy, these students will earn a starting salary of just over $52,000 annually to protect and serve St. Louis County.
Officer Ricardo Franklin accompanied the graduates to North Tech and shared information about the Cadet program while answering students’ questions. He emphasized the interest county officers have in fostering a relationship with young people in the communities they serve and recruiting more of them to join the police department. He shared the department’s belief in the value and importance of their Cadets and encouraged students to seriously consider joining the program.
Cadet candidates go through a very selective and competitive application process. They must be recommended for the program via an academic referral and their applications are carefully reviewed. Once a candidate is deemed eligible, s/he sits for an interview with the program coordinator and undergoes a background investigation.
St. Louis County Police Cadets are exposed to a wide variety of law enforcement experiences during their training. They do patrol rides with each of the counties’ 8 precincts and can work in several departments including: Communications, Crime Scene Unit, Police Crime Laboratory, the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, Personnel Services Unit, and the Fingerprint Unit.
As cadets, Venuto and Williams are assigned shifts at the 1st and 2nd precincts totaling 20 hours each week. Both are also full-time students at St. Louis Community College and are required to earn 33 credit hours prior to being considered for Academy enrollment. These students also maintain full time jobs outside of their school and cadet commitments – a fact that current Law Enforcement students found impressive.
Students in North Tech’s program are great candidates for the program as they spend two years earning college credits and certifications in preparation for post-secondary study and employment. Their training includes crime scene investigation, mediation techniques, self-defense and fitness, conflict resolution, and learning how to use security related equipment and police vehicles.
Two of North Tech’s recent graduates are well on their way to joining the police force. Anthony Uelk, class of 2104, is in the St. Louis Police Academy and Mike Anello, class of 2015, is in the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.
For more information about applying to North Tech’s Law Enforcement program, click here: http://northtechnical.org/programs/.
To learn more about the St. Louis County Police Cadet Program, click here: https://www.stlouisco.com/Portals/8/Cadet%20Program%20Requirements.pdf.