Windsor Police Cadets
"Developing Responsible Youth"
340 Bloomfield Ave
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
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Photograph: June 2012 Taken By Sgt. M Neary (WPD)
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About Our Post
The Windsor Police Cadets, established in 1981, is a community-oriented program, operating year-round under the direction of the Town of Windsor, its Police Chief, Directors, and Advisors. Its mission is to develop responsible youth; encourage academic excellence, leadership, teamwork, and volunteerism; and offer young men and women insight into the field of law enforcement. The program is supported by the Windsor Police Cadets, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3).
To be considered for membership, candidates must be a resident of Windsor or a town that does not have a similar program; be at least 11 years of age and have completed the first marking period of sixth grade; have displayed exemplary behavior in the community and at school during the last six months; and have not received any failing grades on their last report card. Additionally, candidates must be interviewed and pass a background investigation. A maximum fifty members, excluding Senior cadets, may be registered in the post. In the event there are no vacancies, candidates shall be placed on a waiting list.
Once selected, candidates are required to attend a Member Orientation, followed by their first monthly meeting. Meetings are typically held at the Windsor Public Safety Complex on the Sunday that falls closest to the 1st of each month. At meetings, members receive a calendar, which details upcoming post activities. Additionally, members must successfully complete a six-month probationary period.
Throughout the year, members participate in a variety of community service activities, including the Children’s Home of Cromwell field day; Chillin’ w/The Seniors; Connecticut Masons Child Identification Program; First Town Downtown’s “White Lights;” Mary’s Place Family Picnic; Project Santa, and the Torch Light Parade. Members also Adopt-a-Family for the Holidays and prepare meals for the homeless at the South Park Inn. Additionally, members assist with traffic and safety at the bike MS: BKM/Steelcase Ride; Columbus Day Soccer Tournament; C.T.Y.F.L. Cheerleading Competition; Dinosaur State Park Day; Lutz Children’s Museum Farm Day, Nightmare on Broad Street; Northwest Park Country Fair; SS&C Summer Wind Performing Arts Center; Shad Derby; Wapping Fair; Windsor High School’s Project Graduation; Windsor High School Warrior’s Football; and Windsor Locks Fire Department Carnival.
While it is not required, most members share an interest in law enforcement. Members receive extensive training in “Active Shooter” Response, Building Search & Felony Response; C.P.R. & First Aid; Disturbance Calls; Domestic Disturbances; D.U.I. Enforcement; Emotionally Disturbed Persons; Felony Traffic Stops; High Stress Scenarios; Officer Safety & Suspicious Persons; P.O.S.T. Fitness Assessment; Radio Procedures & Traffic Direction; and Traffic Stop & Suspicious Vehicles. Additionally, eligible members may attend the Cadet Police Academy and/or be selected to compete at Law Enforcement Stations Day. To do so, candidates must “qualify” in Firearms; Judgmental Driving; Leadership Reaction & Obstacle Course; Mountain Biking; and/or Random Stations. Random Stations participants receive additional training in Crisis Intervention; Felony Traffic Stops; Firearms Simulator; and Search & Control.
The post provides numerous academic, leadership, and team-building experiences.
Through a partnership with Goodwin College, cadets in their senior year
of high school are afforded the opportunity to earn up to nine college credits
tuition free. “Leadership in Life”,
a program designed to help young adults reach their full potential in all
aspects of life, is available to all members, especially those aspiring to be
Post Officers. Additionally,
members receive instruction in Drill & Ceremony.
Each spring, senior cadets are invited to chaperone Sage Park Middle
School’s Cape Cod Trip.
Team-building activities offered to members include the Corn Maze; Leadership
Reaction Course; Low & High Ropes Course; Northeast Regional Law Enforcement
Educational Association Outings; and Outdoor Challenges
Through active participation, members earn a variety of benefits and privileges. For instance, members may be issued a uniform and equipment and/or obtain college scholarships. Additionally, eligible members may participate in ride-along and observations, as well as, utilize the Windsor Police Department’s fitness equipment. Members may also be invited to attend recognition gatherings, including the Anniversary Banquet; “First Year Away” Dinner; Florida Weekend Get-away; Member and Post Photographs; Member Appreciation Outings; Post Officer Appreciation Outing; and Recognition Ceremony.
In appreciation of volunteer service, members are encouraged to attend socials, including the beach bash; Eastern States Exposition; Extreme Bowling; Family Cookout; Haunted Hay Ride; Holiday Magic; New Britain Rock Cats Baseball w/Fireworks; Overnight w/Laser Quest; Summer Sizzle/Splash; University of Hartford Hawks Basketball; Whirly Ball; and Winter Madness w/Skiing & Snowboarding. Socials provide members with opportunities to interact in a “safe and positive” environment.
To remain in Good Standing, members must attend at least 2/3 of hours available to them while receiving no more than two unexcused absences in a three-month review period; display exemplary behavior in the community, at school, and in the post; either not receive any D’s or F’s on their report card or actively participate in “Back on Track”, a program designed to help young adults achieve academic success; pay monthly dues, while missing no more than two consecutive months; submit the annual registration fee and packet; reimburse the post for any fines; and meet training requirements.
The post depends largely on the support of its sponsors. Our platinum sponsors include Copy Central and the Law Office of Cori-Lynn Webber, LLC. Our gold sponsors include Acutrim Inc. & The Faldo Family; Carmon Community Funeral Homes; SS&C Technologies, Inc.; Vanities Life; and Windsor Federal Savings. Our silver sponsors include Beverly Hills Limousine; Butler Company; Direct Mail Systems, Inc.; Integrity Graphics Inc.; Stop & Shop; and Valises, Inc. Additionally, the post receives financial support from the Town of Windsor, as well as, a number of local businesses, civic organizations, and friends. Members also generate funds through participation in fundraisers, including the Candy Sale; 1040EZ Run; Family & Friends Night @ Jim’s Pizzeria; Paintball; Spaghetti Supper; and “Windsor Chamber Cares” Auction.
If you are interested in joining or making a contribution to the Windsor Police cadets, please contact us at (860) 688-4545 ext. 340 or email@example.com
Created On: August 26, 2011
Last Updated on: May 5, 2013 @ 2144 hours
Updated by: Lieutenant Patrick Dowd
Created By: Cadet Captain Nick Dillon