BALTIMORE CRIME | Mayor revives police cadet program

BALTIMORE CRIME | Mayor revives police cadet program

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has announced plans to revive a police cadet apprenticeship program to put more officers on the streets.

During a news conference Wednesday at City Hall, Pugh says the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council has approved for accreditation the new cadet program.

Those participating in the program must have graduated from high school and are between ages 18 and 20, which is too young to join the police academy.

Mayor Pugh says this is "an apprenticeship program for a two-year period that leads these young people directly into the police department, and that they get paid and that they get well trained."

Police cadets will be paid $30,000 a year, and when they successfully complete the program they would then enter the police academy.

Baltimore Police Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle says cadets "get to learn about the culture of the institution and that's an advantage for anybody knowing how the organization works and what the expectations are."

Forty graduates of the Baltimore Police Academy were sworn in last week and are being deployed as patrol officers throughout the city.

Kameron Snead, a cadet who attended the news conference at City Hall Wednesday, said: "I'm originally from Harford County but my parents have family that work in the department, so I'm just following in their footsteps."

Another cadet, Malik Bradford-Dur, said: "My mother's from Baltimore, my father is a police officer, and I'm basically just trying to beat him to the stars."

Eleven cadets are currently enrolled in the program, and Pugh says she hopes the number of participants will increase to 20 by later this year.

Pugh has instructed her Innovation Team, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, to work with police department to revise the program "to make it an effective initiative for recruiting and training future law enforcement officers"

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