The East Lyme Police Cadets were founded on February 22, 2001 and known as the East Lyme Police Explorers and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America as one of their Learning for Life Programs. Initially we started with five charter members who were from East Lyme and the surrounding communities. Of those five members, three are now police officers in various police departments around the area.
In 2010, after breaking ties with the Boy Scouts of America, we became known as the East Lyme Police Cadets. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which has youth between the ages of 13-21 who are interested in community service and possibly a career in Law Enforcement whether it is being a local officer, state officer or even a federal officer. Some have joined the ranks of our military and have served overseas numerous times. We have even had some youth move on, to become firefighters out of state.
Currently, FIVE of our former members are now police officers in the local communities in Southeastern CT. Due to this program's success, we have cadets moving on towards careers in computer forensics, computer networking and law enforcement in general.
The post currently has 20 members in the program consisting of both boys and girls. We have a cap on membership at 25 youth so that nobody gets left out of the trainings and events. Our members come from East Lyme, Montville, Salem, Waterford, Old Lyme.
We are members of the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Educational Association (NERLEEA) which provides several competitions and even a summer police academy held during the summer. We provide assistance to the Town of East Lyme through traffic control, crowd control, manual labor with Ledge Light Health District projects and helping the community after major disasters.
We conduct a food drive annually in November, which helps food pantries not only in East Lyme but also in surrounding communities. In 2017 we collected 165 turkeys and over 45 copier paper boxes full of non-perishables.
In 2017, we have purchased new radios, obtained our own licensed radio frequencies and started our newest endeavor; The annual Halloween Haunted Trail.
On February 22, 2020 we turn 19 years old!! Where has the time gone? We have had over 165 youth go through our program and several have become police officers in East Lyme and the surrounding towns. Some have become firefighters, EMT's and paramedics. We have had several go on to the military where they have served our country with honor.
We will add to the history as time permits!
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