Police Cadet

Aurora Police Department Cadets standing in front of two APD Cadet Squads

Aurora Police Cadets work throughout the department while gaining experience in a number of different units. Their duties include assisting officers in all three bureaus of the Aurora Police Department, the Bureau of Neighborhood Policing, the Bureau of Investigative Services and the Bureau of Support Services. Cadets have a number of duties, including assisting with traffic control, interacting with the community during various City of Aurora events, assisting different divisions with daily works tests, conducting Police Department tours, help file and maintain records. 

More importantly, Police Cadets receive entry level training in a number of police related skill sets in order to better qualify them for their future careers as police officers. Police cadets work full time when not in school, and part time while attending school. During their tenure as a cadet, they attend college full-time and their community college tuition is reimbursed by the department. 

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To be considered for this round of hiring, the test and online application must be completed by August 1st, 2021.


  • 17 years of age but not yet attained 19 years of age at time of test.
  • Attained senior class standing on the date of test, have graduated from an accredited high school, attained a GED (copy of GED certificate required), or a Home School certification through the Regional Superintendent of Schools.
  • Excellent moral character.
  • Must be able to pass vision requirement at time of hire.
  • Excellent physical condition, will be required to pass POWER test within the first 6 months of hire.
  • Valid State of Illinois Class D driver’s license at the time of application.
  • Have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.50 on a scale of 4.0 or equivalent (Copy of high school transcript required at time of application. (Transcript/GED/home school certification must be in a sealed envelope from the school).
  • Be a United States citizen at time of hire.


  • Excellent career path in Law Enforcement.
  • Health, dental and life insurance coverage.
  • Tuition provided toward an Associate Degree in a related field.
  • Part-time work during school year and full-time work during school breaks.
  • Beginning salary $12.52/hour.

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To be considered for this round of hiring, the test and online application must be completed by August 1st, 2021.

Have Questions or Need More Info? 

If you have additional questions regarding the application, testing or hiring process, please reach out to the Aurora Police Department's Recruiting Team. 

  1. APD Recruiting Team

    Phone: (630) 256-COPS (2677)

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