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Youth Services Unit: Police Activities League

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San Francisco Police Activities League
Law Enforcement Cadet Program

Developing Youth for San Francisco's Future

Purpose  |  Qualifications  Activities  |  Training Sessions  Conduct  |   How To Apply & Forms


San Francisco Police Activities League

350 Amber Drive, Room 203

San Francisco, California 94131


Director: Sergeant Ava Garrick/Bayview, Officer Amanda Kabanuck/Ingleside,

PAL Executive Director Lorraine Woodruff-Long

Phone: 415-401-4666

Fax: 415-401-4670

Official website: www.sfpal.org



What is the PAL Law Enforcement Cadet Program?


The PAL Cadet program started in San Francisco in 1959. Since then, thousands of San Francisco youth have experienced and embraced new leadership opportunities, including many who have chosen to pursue law enforcement or public service careers.

PAL Law Enforcement Cadets engage in activities centered on the five emphasis areas of the Learning for Life program:

  • Career and job skills development
  • Leadership experience
  • Life skills
  • Character education
  • Community service

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Why join?


  • Gain practical experience in a career in law enforcement or public service.
  • Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and have the opportunity to take on leadership roles.
  • Have a change to learn and grow in a supportive, caring and fun environment.
  • Provide service to your community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Between the ages of 14 & 20
  • Must pass a background investigation:
    • Criminal History
    • Driving Record (If applicable)
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.0
  • Regular attendance and participation in trainings and community service events as required.



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  • 4-week Summer Cadet Academy internship certification. Cadets that graduate from the Summer Cadet Academy :
    • Will be placed for year-round internships at SFPD district station and department bureaus.
  • Police ride-alongs
  • Leadership training
  • Education in proper police procedures
  • Meet and participate in competition events with other Explorer posts.
  • Learn effective safety action in event of emergencies
  • Assist in charitable and civic events including crowd and parking control, serving as color guard, providing directions and more.



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Training Sessions:


2010 Summer Cadet Academy (NEW)

  • 4-week intensive training by SFPD at the SF Police Academy
  • Up to 40 new cadets will be selected
  • June 21st - July 16th, M-F, 9am-3pm
  • Graduates will be immediately eligible for internships at SFPD stations/bureaus and PAL Cadet weekly activities
  • Applications are due April 23 , 2010. Download application at www.sfpal.org/cadets/

Ongoing Weekly Training Meetings:

  • Held at the San Francisco Police Academy at 350 Amber Drive every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.


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All cadets are required to adhere to the following rules of conduct.


  • Attend all meetings and details on time and be dressed in proper uniform (unless otherwise excused)
  • Be respectful at all times to instructors, program staff, fellow cadets, and any members of the public.
  • Attempt to provide a good example for peers and the public. Unlawful behavior, even on the cadet's own time, may disqualify the cadet from participation in the program
  • Make a good effor t to learn from instructors and presentations and attempt to do well on written examinations.
  • Respect and take proper care of any and all police or program property that is provided for use.
  • Never bring discredit or dishonor to th e PAL Cadets.


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How to apply


Download 2010 Summer Cadet Academy applications and other information at www.sfpal.org/cadets

( Summer Cadet Academy applications due Friday, April 23 rd)

San Francisco Police Academy PAL
350 Amber Drive , Room 203
San Francisco , Ca. 94131


For more information, contact SFPAL at 415-401-4666


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Last updated: 3/30/2010 11:02:49 AM