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Mayor Walsh to reinstate police cadet program

The Boston Police Cadet Program, which trains young people interested in a career in law enforcement, will be reinstated, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and police Commissioner William B. Evans announced Thursday.

Those selected for the cadet program will rotate through the Police Department and spend time at headquarters and in district stations and other specialized units throughout the city. Cadet responsibilities will include traffic duty, administrative duties, answering phones, and data entry, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The program requires a commitment of at least two years.

Established in 1978 as a way to attract minorities to the force, the cadet program was suspended in 2009 after tough financial times. But the program was identified by Walsh as one way to boost diversity in the municipal government, after he released a report examining diversity throughout city government in April.

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“Our diversity report served as a blueprint for where we are in city government when it comes to race and diversity of our workforce,” Walsh said in the statement. “When we worked with the City Council to include funding in this year’s budget to bring back the cadet program, I knew it was the kind of investment that was needed to build our community up, and create pipelines to success for all of Boston’s young aspiring officers.”

To be eligible for the cadet program, candidates must pass an examination on Nov. 14, be between 18 and 24 years old, reside in Boston, and have lived in the city for the last five years, be a US citizen, and have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

“The cadet program provides a great opportunity for city youth to join the Boston Police Department,” Evans said. “I am very grateful to the mayor for bringing this invaluable program back and encourage those eligible to sign up and join the first and finest Police Department in the nation.”

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The exam for interested candidates will be held on Nov. 14, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Candidates can visit cityofboston.gov/jobs or call 617-343-4677. The deadline to apply for the exam is Nov. 1, the statement said.

Candidates for the program will also have to pass a screening process that includes drug testing, a physical, an extensive criminal background check, and a rigorous, eight-week training program at the Boston Police Academy that will be both academic and physical in nature.


Sarah Roberts can be reached at sarah.roberts@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heysarahroberts.