Junior Law Cadet



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.

2016 Junior Law Cadet Awards (Girls Program). Pictured left to right: Syndey Tlustos (2016 Driving Ability Award),
Sydnee Bell (2016 Marksmanship Award) and Emma Thede (2016 Outstanding Law Cadet Award).

2016 Junior Law Cadet Awards (Boys Program). Pictured left to right: Christopher Rosenlund (2016 Marksmanship Award),
Steven Holst (2016 Outstanding Law Cadet Award) and Brayden Drummond (2016 Driving Ability Award).

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 2018 Junior Law Cadet application.

- Download the 2018 Junior Law Cadet brochure.

The 2018 Junior Law Cadet training session will be combined consisting of 30 girls and 30 boys during the week of June 18-21. The Graduation Ceremony will be held Thursday, June 21st at 7pm at the State Patrol Training Center in Grand Island.

- "Junior Law Academy teaches cadets discipline, teamwork" (Grand Island Independent, June 16, 2016)
- "Junior Law Academy mixes discipline and fun" (Grand Island Independent, June 22, 2016)

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.