Police Cadet Program

Different Uniform...Same Team

 HPD Group


What is the Police Cadet Program?

The Police Cadet Program allows those who are not academy trained, licensed police officers to be sent to the police academy with the tuition and lodging paid for- at no cost to the police cadet-plus receive a salary and benefits as specified contractually**. (Program covers tuition, lodging and costs associated with academy instruction. Meals are not included). After successfully graduating from the police academy, cadets then advance to the position of police officer.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: High school diploma or GED

Age Limit: Must be 21 but less than 36 years of age by date of hire.

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen.

Background: Applicants will not be hired if they have felony convictions as an adult or if they have plead guilty to a felony as an adult.  Misdemeanor convictions may also preclude employment.

Valid Driver’s License/Driving Record: Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record during the last three years that is acceptable to our insurance provider.

** The contractual agreement requires the Hannibal Police Department be reimbursed for training related costs in the event employment is voluntarily or involuntarily terminated for good cause prior to the expiration of a three year period from the date of hire.


Testing & Selection

The testing procedures may include one or more of the following examinations/tests: 

Written Test

Physical Ability (Backyard Pursuit)

Oral Interview

Intensive Background Investigation

Personality Profile

Drug Screening

Medical Screening


Annual Salary & Benefits for Cadet

Starting Pay  $31,724

(Base pay + Holiday pay)

Overtime is paid at time and a half.

Benefits Include:


Insurance (Health, Dental and Life)

Paid Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Personal Time

Funeral Leave

All uniforms and equipment provided

Once a Missouri Peace Officer License is earned, salary increases to  $39,548

(Base Pay + Holiday Pay) with a 5% increase after successful completion of your introductory year.

What will I do as a Police Cadet?

Academy Training will be scheduled for the next available class.  Until then, cadets begin their training by:

                   Firearms (duty weapon, rifle, shotgun, less-lethal (beanbag)
                   OC Spray and Baton Tactics
                   First Aid
                   Self-defense/Subject Control Tactics


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