Identifying crimes in progress, including robberies. Locating missing persons. Providing over 8,500 hours of beat patrol. Wagner provided a typical example of the value of the cadet foot patrol. She recalled that on one occasion the cadets were guarding a murder scene during which time they were provided with a description of a suspect. Within only a few hours, the cadets identified two males matching the description and forwarded this information to their superiors. As a result, the suspects were quickly apprehended. The two cadets were recommended for a commendation in recognition of their keen observation skills.
What do the auxiliary cadets themselves have to say? Two graduates provided their view of the program. Darrel Manoosingh, now a fully trained police officer and a cadet from the 2010 program, said “the experience cemented in my mind that I wanted to become a police officer and in my opinion was the single greatest contributing factor that allowed me to pursue my goal.” Manoosingh, a professional with over 20 years’ career success in another field, had always felt a longing for community service and policing. Taking the risk of leaving behind all of his earlier accomplishments and testing out a second career was obviously a good decision.
Erin Beaudry, on the other hand, had always wanted an “exciting” career such as a police officer. Yet, she put this goal aside and first trained as a paramedic. However, when the cadet program became available, Beaudry knew this was the right direction for her. Today, Beaudry says that being a cadet was “such a great experience. It has made me more confident now that I’m a police officer,