Kennewick Police celebrates first class of Police Cadet Officers
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kennewick Police Department celebrated a very special milestone in the community today as they swore in their first class of Police Cadet Officers.
Family, friends and local PD crowded the Kennewick City Council Chambers to watch as Cadet Officers Sebastian Castilleja, Keegan Wolf, Fernando Ramos, and Jair Ealy-Thomas took their oath and had their badges pinned.
While enrolled as full-time college students, Police Cadet Officers between the ages of 18 to 22 work up to 20 paid hours a week with KPD on various assignments.
"It's just a dream come true and this is me getting one step closer to what I plan on achieving,” Kennewick Police Cadet Officer Jair Ealy-Thomas explained. “I’m really thankful the Chief and City Manager came up with the program to get a foot in the door."
Police say the prestigious program is a true honor to be a part of, and although they were open to graduating six, only the four young men made the cut.