Cadets (Grades 9-12)
Since 1992, the Redwood City Police Department has been giving high school kids an opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement through its Cadet Program. Cadets volunteer 10 hours of their time each month, as well as attend monthly meetings and training sessions. Working with sworn police officers at public events and assisting in various capacities throughout the department helps the young people develop new leadership skills and explore many of the facets of public service. Cadets assist with many PAL events, including the annual Blues Festival, Rotary Car Raffle and the yearly holiday Toy and Book Drive. In addition to their volunteer efforts, they train year-round for their annual State Explorer Competition, where the team competes against groups from around the State in shooting, scenarios, and various leadership exercises.