The WUPD Cadet program is an opportunity for Washburn students to have a law enforcement experience while still attending college. The program is an excellent opportunity to observe what law enforcement officers do on a daily basis, especially for students with an interest in a law enforcement career.
The cadets partner with WUPD officers and assist them with law enforcement activities during their shifts. The cadets also patrol campus and perform limited enforcement activity. Cadets patrol the campus on foot and on bicycles or ride along in WUPD vehicles. Cadets are also responsible for traffic control and controlling access during sporting events.
The cadets are certified in the use of a baton and OC spray. Once certified the cadets carry this equipment while on duty. The cadets are given other training, to help them assist law enforcement officers, such as handcuffing, car stops, and radio procedures. The cadets also participate in any training that is sponsored by the Washburn University Police Department.