Kennewick Police Department welcomes four new cadet officers
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Kennewick Police Department swore in four cadet officers at a ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was a historic one, as it was the first-time KPD welcomed cadet officers to its ranks.
Sebastian Castilleja, Keegan Wolf, Fernando Ramos, and Jair Ealy-Thomas are the first class of cadet officers to be hired at KPD. As Police Cadet Officers, the students will attend college while working at least 20 hours for the police department, taking on various roles and assignments within the force.
“It was a hard process, said 19-year old Sebastian Castilleja, “but it all paid off in the end and I’m happy to be where I’m at, I’m blessed to be where I’m at. “
Castilleja said he is looking forward to learning everything the police force can teach him. Fellow Cadet Officer, Keegan Wolf, echoing the hard work it took to get through training.
“It was a long testing process, but I’m just happy I’m here. There’s so many good people in Kennewick Police Department and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else,” said Wolf.
Wolf, 19, said he hopes to learn as much as he can until he can become a commissioned police officer when he turns 21. Police Cadet Officers are between the ages of 18 and 22. Kennewick Police Department says the cadets are eligible for tuition reimbursement through the City of Kennewick.