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. Each year there is a separate male and female program, and students stay at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.
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.
The 2015 Girls Junior Law Session was held June 8-12, 2015.
The 2015 Boys Junior Law Session was held June 15-19, 2015.
- Download the 2015 Junior Law Cadet brochure for more information about the program.
- "Cadets Put in Long Days Learning About Law Enforcement" (Grand Island Independent, June 11, 2015)
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.
For additional information, contact American Legion Department of Nebraska Public Relations Officer John Thompson at 402-464-6338.