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Explorers & Teleserve Cadets

The Police Pathfinder Program is for young men and women ages 14-20 (and who have completed the 8th grade) that are interested in the field of policing. Pathfinders receive hands on training and instruction of police topics.  Explorers ride along with the officers and observe in the Communications center.

The Cadet Unit is a division of the Pathfinder program that gives Western Kentucky University students an opportunity to have a part-time job at the police department.  The City employs the cadet and also pays a stipend.  The cadet will in-turn apply to be an officer for the Bowling Green Police Department.

The Cadet Unit handles a variety of policing tasks for the Department, including taking reports by telephone, deploying speed trailers in neighborhoods, parking enforcement, security patrol at some City parks facilities, assistance with special events, and other tasks as directed.

As a citizen it is my responsibility to...

Encourage teens interested in a possible career in policing or communications (dispatching) in applying for the Pathfinder program.   Interested youth can apply online under the Volunteer Positions listed online at


1.  Each BGPD Pathfinder applicant must submit the following documentation.  (All forms for applicants under the age of 18 must also have parental signatures.)

  • BGPD Pathfinder program application.
  • BGPD Pathfinder Liability Release.
  • Permission to seek medical attention.
  • Bowling Green Police Department Volunteer Program Form.

2.  All applicants will be subject to a background check to determine eligibility.  The following conditions may be reasons for denial:

  • Involvement in criminal activity.
  • A history of habitual violations.
  • Excessive number of police contacts.
  • Juveniles found to have been involved in delinquent or status offenses.
  • A history of disciplinary problems. 

3.  All applicants currently enrolled in school must maintain at least a 2.0 or "C" grade average.

4.  The Pathfinder program advisors will conduct background checks on each applicant.

5.  Each Pathfinder applicant will be interviewed by an oral board consisting of advisors and select Pathfinder program members.

6.  Each Pathfinder applicant will be notified of their acceptance or rejection of membership.

7.  Any Pathfinder applicant who is denied membership will be eligible for reapplication once the minimum requirements are met.


It is the responsibility of the city to...

Provide volunteer police officers and employees to advise and mentor the members of the Pathfinder program.  Give the members of the program the opportunity and provide the needed resources to be educated on policy and procedures of the Bowling Green Police Department. 

If I am interested, who do I contact...

Bowling Green Police Pathfinder Program, Attention:  Lead Advisor, Bowling Green Police Dept., 911 Kentucky St., (270) 393-4244

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