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Tigard Police Department

Youth Services

Tigard Police Cadet Program
Updated 10.26.15

Have you ever wondered what a career in law enforcement would be like? 
Are you between the ages of 16-20?  
Are you willing to dedicate time and energy to assist the Tigard community? 

If you answered yes to all the above questions — you may be just the right fit to be a Tigard Police Cadet.

The Cadet Program has an active recruitment process taking place now. All interested young men and women are encouraged to apply.
 
Cadets participate in police ride-alongs, routine patrols, crime prevention activity, community outreach events and on-going monthly training. Cadets get first-hand knowledge regarding how law enforcement serves its community. It's not all work. Cadets also get the opportunity to participate in the annual Law Enforcement Challenge, competing in various events with other Cadets and Explorers from around the state.


Cadet Requirements:

  • Candidates must be between 16 and 20 years-of-age
  • Candidates must carry a 2.5 GPA (if in high school)
  • Candidates must not have any prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions
  • Candidates must be of good moral character
  • Candidates must be physically capable of performing assigned tasks
  • Candidates should demonstrate an ongoing interest in law enforcement

If the Tigard Police Cadet Program appears to closely match your interests, apply today. To be considered you must complete and submit an employment application. Application can be downloaded hereBe sure to note at the top of the application that you are applying for the position of Police Cadet.  Submit your completed application to the Tigard Police Department Records staff (13125 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223).

Applications will be accepted until further notice. Tigard Police anticipates the selection process will begin in mid-November. This will involve an oral interview, police background check and final interview with the Cadet Advisory Board.

If you have any questions, contact Officer Travis Doughty or Officer Nicholas Nunn.
 

Youth Peer Court

Youth may volunteer as a juror, prosecutor or defense attorney.
 
  • Learn about the law and legal concepts
  • Earn volunteer hours for school or college applications
  • Be part of something positive in the community
Peer Court typically meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 4:15 to 6 p.m.
Download the Youth Peer Court application if you're interested in participating.

Please contact Lauren Gysel, Youth Services Program Specialist, 503-718-2578 if you have questions or would like to volunteer!

What is Youth Peer Court?
Youth Peer CourtPeer Court, also known as youth or teen court, is an alternative approach to the traditional juvenile justice system. It is a youth run court for first time juvenile offenders who have committed misdemeanors or violations. A youth who has been charged with an offense, and admitted guilt, has the opportunity to be sentenced by a jury of their peers. 

A judge, who is often a local attorney, supervises the court hearings. Volunteer youth have the opportunity to play a variety of roles, such as defense attorney, prosecuting attorney or juror. Peer court is youth-focused, and is designed and operated to empower youth.

Criteria 
In order to be eligible for consideration in Tigard Youth Peer Court, the following conditions must be met:

  • Offender is 12 to 17 years old and a resident of Washington County
  • The youth is a first time offender
  • The youth admits guilt regarding the offense
  • Both the youth and their parent/guardian agree to participate
  • The misdemeanor or violation was committed in the Tigard area
What cases are heard in Peer Court:
  • Criminal Mischief II and III
  • Criminal Trespass II
  • Theft II and III
  • Minor in Possession of Marijuana (less than 1 oz.)
  • Minor in Possession of Tobacco
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Curfew Violation
  • Offensive Littering
  • Harassment
How Peer Court Works 
When an offender is contacted by a police officer, if their case meets certain criteria, they may be given the opportunity to have their case heard in Peer Court. An appearance date is scheduled, and the offender appears with a parent or guardian to have the case heard. The presiding judge, who is often a local attorney, who will ensure that all legal requirements are met. In some cases, students may act as youth attorneys to present the circumstances of the case and make sentencing recommendations. A jury composed of student volunteers and former offenders decide the appropriate sentence in the case.

Sentencing typically involves: community service, restitution, apologies, essays, and will always include future service as a peer court juror. If a youth offender misses a court date or fails to complete their sentence, they are referred to the juvenile court for prosecution. The opportunity here not only allows the offender a "second chance" in avoiding the system. Six months after the sentence is successfully completed, if no new charges are pending, the youth may apply for record expungement. In effect, the offender has an opportunity not only to make it right, but to "erase" the offense from the public record. 

Sanctions 
The following sanctions are possible:

  • Community Service hours: 0-40 hours
  • Maximum number of words given for essay: 1000.
  • Maximum number of words given for letters of apology: 400.
  • Restitution must be directly related to monetary items listed in the police report. Restitution will not exceed $50.00.
  • All defendants must complete one day of Peer Court jury duty.
  • A class or workshop.
Benefits of Peer Court
Peer Court gives:

  • The youth who has made an error in judgment, the opportunity to make up for the offense, repayment instead of punishment, and to clear their public record.
  • All students involved — offenders, attorneys and jury members — with an understanding of our system of law.
  • Attorneys and community members are provided the opportunity to support kids in their schools as well as the chance to help teach lessons that every American should know.
  • A way to alert students to the importance of accepting responsibility, not only because it's the right thing, but because it's the surest path to justice, forgiveness, and earning respect.

 

G.R.E.A.T. - Gang Resistance Education and Training

The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership.

Research has shown that 12 and 13 year olds are most at risk to commit their first criminal activity. Therefore, the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum is aimed at elementary and middle school students. The course consists of nine week, anti-gang program that is taught by uniformed police officers. It exposes students to a broad range of topics, including conflict resolution, building social skills, and setting lifetime goals. Most importantly the G.R.E.A.T. program gives students opportunity to find out for themselves about the perils of gang activity.

Reducing youth violence and gang activity is a challenge and complex problem. There is no silver bullet in the fight against gangs. Neither schools nor law enforcement alone can break the cycle of gang violence that currently plagues many urban, suburban and rural communities across the nation. Ultimately, families, communities, public and private organizations and government must work together to stop gang violence and protect our youth.
 
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