The Airport Police Youth Cadet Program was established in January 2012 and is managed by the Training Unit/Youth Services under Professional Standards. The goal of the program is to help instill leadership, academic excellence, life-skills and discipline into its participants. The program also seeks to empower students into maximizing their personal, scholastic and life potential as well as providing early insight into what a career in law enforcement would be like at LAX.
In order to join the cadet program a person must be between the ages of 13 and 17, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, have no serious criminal record, obtain a medical examination, and complete the cadet academy. The Cadet Leadership Academy is 15 weeks and held on Saturdays at the LAPD Ahmanson Recruit Training Center in Los Angeles. Through academics, physical training, and drill Cadets develop teamwork, learn leadership skills, and a variety of basic law enforcement skills that they will be able to use as Cadets as well as in their everyday lives.
The next Cadet Leadership Academy will begin soon and there are no fees involved. Uniforms and insurance are provided through grant-funding to the city of Los Angeles. Persons who are interested in the program or know of someone who may be interested, are asked to call the Los Angeles Airport Police Youth Service Program at (424) 646-5663 or (424) 646-8683. Applications can be downloaded below and may be delivered to 9160 Loyola Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 or emailed to YSOProgram@lawa.org.