Windsor Police Cadets
"Developing Responsible Youth"
340 Bloomfield Ave
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
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Photograph: June 2013 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 Chillin’ w/The Seniors; Connecticut Masons Child Identification Program; First Town Downtown’s “White Lights;” Mary’s Place Family Picnic; Project Santa, RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, 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; Dinosaur State Park Day; Lutz Children’s Museum Farm Day, Nightmare on Broad Street; Northwest Park Country Fair; 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; and Search & Control.
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 or snow-tubing. 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; maintain passing grades IN ALL SUBJECTS 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. Our gold sponsors include Carmon Community Funeral Homes; SS&C Technologies, Inc.; and Windsor Federal Savings. Our silver sponsors include Accutron Inc. & The Faldu Family; Beverly Hills Limousine; Butler Company; Direct Mail Systems, Inc.; TAYLOR MADE SOUND; AND VANTIS LIFE. 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 ADOPT-A-FAMILY & “BEYOND COOL” CANDY SALES; BAKE SALES; BUFFALO WILD WINGS “BLAZE OFF;” “5-O” CAR SHOW; 1040EZ Run; GOLF TOURNAMENT; Spaghetti Supper; and “Windsor Chamber Cares” Auction.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING, MAKING A DONATION, OR LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM please visit our web site at www.windsorpolicecadets.org or contact us at (860) 688-4545 ext. 340
Created On: August 26, 2011
Updated by: Lieutenant Patrick Dowd
Created By: Cadet Captain Nick Dillon