Cambridge Police Department Seeking Applicants for Next Police Cadet Class; Tomorrow is the Last Day to Register for Police Exam

News Image

The Cambridge Police Department is seeking applicants for its next class of Police Cadets. The Cambridge Police Cadet Program is designed for Cambridge residents between the ages of 18-23 who are interested in learning more about or want to pursue a career in policing. The program requires a two-year commitment and offers a competitive hourly wage ($18.45), strong benefits and vacation.   

The next Cadet exam will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2021. The deadline to apply for the Cadet exam is Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Interested candidates can download the application and learn more about the program at http://camb.ma/policecadet. The program is scheduled to begin in November 2021.

Cambridge Police Cadets will be provided with extensive classroom training and cooperative education in addition to specific on-the-job training opportunities. Police Cadets will become familiar with the daily operations and functions of the department and culture of its community policing-related work through temporary assignments throughout various sections of the department, including the Commissioner’s Office, Patrol Operations, Support Services, and specialized units. As part of the Department, Police Cadets will also participate in community policing activities and engage with residents, businesses and visitors of the City of Cambridge. 

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Classroom training that introduces topics such as 21st Century Policing, Law Enforcement and the Cambridge Police Department, Procedural and Social Justice, Basic First Aid, Self-Defense, Criminal and Juvenile Law, Crime Analysis, and simulated trainings.
  • Field assignments such as assisting the Traffic Unit with special events, community outreach, criminal investigations, crime scene services, and court prosecution.
  • Administrative duties, including preparing reports, maintaining records, updating data, researching projects and more.
  • Fitness and health training


The Cambridge Police Cadet Program was relaunched in 2019 after a more than 30-year hiatus. Six Cadets joined the Department. One Cadet – Autumn Harrison – became the first Cadet from the new Cadet Program to graduate from the Cambridge-Northeastern Police Academy and join the Cambridge Police Department as a patrol officer in 2020.
Carlos Aquino-Navarro is currently in the Cambridge-Northeastern Police Academy, while the four remaining Cadets have all registered to take the 2021 Municipal Police Officer Exam.

To be eligible for the Cadet Program, candidates must be current Cambridge residents between the ages of 18-23 at the time of the June 30, 2021 application deadline, have lived in the city for the last three years, have a high school diploma or a GED certificate at the time of the exam, be a citizen of the United States, have a valid Massachusetts’ Driver’s License and a good driving record, and take and pass the July 31 exam.

Cambridge Police Exam: Applications No Longer Accepted After May 4

For those interested in becoming a Cambridge Police Officer, applications will not be accepted after tomorrow (May 4, 2021). The state holds a civil service exam once every two years to become a police officer and the next exam will not be held until 2023. To become a police officer, you need to first take a written test. You also need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 19 years of age on the date of the exam. You can take the written exam when you turn 19, but you won't be considered for a position until you turn 21.
  • You need to have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. You can also satisfy this requirement with three years of military service and an honorable discharge.
  • To claim residency preference, you must be a Cambridge resident (lived in the city) at least one year before the date of your exam.
  • You must meet minimum fitness requirements.

To learn more about becoming a Cambridge Police Officer, please visit www.cambridgepolice.org/joinCPD or text the message JoinCPD to 72345.

Residents who are interested can also contact the Cambridge Police Department’s Office of Planning Budget and Personnel at Personnel@CambridgePolice.Org for further information.

Page was posted on 5/3/2021 2:44 PM
Page was last modified on 5/3/2021 2:46 PM
Contact Us

How can we help?

Please provide as much detail below as possible so City staff can respond to your inquiry:

As a governmental entity, the Massachusetts Public Records Law applies to records made or received by the City. Any information received through use of this site is subject to the same provisions as information provided on paper.

Read our complete privacy statement


Service Requests

Enter a service request via Commonwealth Connect for things like missed trash pickups, potholes, etc.