The Cadet program and the part-time officer program are normally each one year in length. The programs offer education, training and experience, as well as an opportunity to work within the criminal justice system. Though students are normally enrolled in an academic concentration related to criminal justice although any major field of study is acceptable. Academy training and work experiences supplement these academic pursuits. In addition, some academic departments award credit for participation in the program.
Cadets selected in April of each year will attend cadet training in August just prior to the start of the fall semester. Upon successful completion, each cadet will perform those duties that do not require police authority. Hourly wages are paid for formal training schools and for cadet duties during the year.
Cadets may apply for the Officer Program held during the first and second summer sessions after the cadet year. If accepted into the program, the cadets receive all of the law enforcement training required by the State of Indiana. Upon successful completion, the cadets are commissioned as officers with full police authority. They then return to their campuses to continue part-time work, 12-20 hours a week, until graduation.