Junior Law Cadet

 

Purpose

Every year, high school juniors from each of The American Legion's 14 Districts in Nebraska are chosen to participate in the Junior Law Cadet Program. The purpose of the program is to allow male and female students the opportunity to explore and experience the various aspects of law enforcement training. Students participate in daily calisthenics and receive training in firearms, self-defense, fingerprinting, K-9 handling, accident and criminal investigation, lie detector testing, and state patrol car driving. Students stay at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.


2018 Junior Law Cadet Awards. Pictured left to right: Department Commander (2017-2018) Jim Costello, Wryleigh Doyle & Tyler Bartels (Driving Ability Awards),
Noah Thede & Hayley Long (Outstanding Law Cadet Awards), Chayten Baumann & Niklaus McMann (Marksmanship Awards), Department
Senior Vice Commnder (2017-2018) Lyle Bartels.

For Students:

The American Legion Department of Nebraska Junior Law Cadet Program is held annually during the summer before the senior year of high school, typically during the middle of June, at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island. Completed applications and an endorsement from your school principal or superintendent must be submitted to your local American Legion Post Commander before March 1st. If you are interested in attending, the best local points-of-contact are your local Legion Post; and your high school principal or guidance counselor.

- Download the 2019 Junior Law Cadet application.

- Download the 2019 Junior Law Cadet brochure.

The 2019 Junior Law Cadet training session will be held June 10-13 at the State Patrol Training Center in Grand Island.


- "Cadets of the 50th Junior Law Academy Graduate" (Nebraska State Patrol, June 22, 2018)
- "Junior Law Academy Cadets learn the value of dogs in police work" (Grand Island Independent, June 20, 2018)

For Legion Posts:

It is the responsibility of the Legion Post to provide the cost of training for the student (or students) being sponsored by that post. The cost of training includes food, t-shirts, caps, classroom materials, and administrative expenses. The Nebraska State Patrol provides training, counselors, facilities, and equipment as a public service.

Any boy or girl meeting the following standards who is a member of the junior class in an accredited high school during the respective academic year, and who is a Nebraska resident, is eligible to be considered for selection to the Junior Law Cadet Program: (a) in good health and able to participate in physical activities; (b) possess a positive attitude and display respect for law enforcement; (c) average or above average scholastic record; and (d) possess a valid Nebraska driver's license or learner's permit.

- Contact American Legion Department of Nebraska Assistant Adjutant Brent Hagel-Pitt at 402-464-6338.