With the economy in a state of uncertainty across the map, central Virginia is no different. If you are a high school graduate or have an equivalent G.E.D., then perhaps a career in the City of Lynchburg Police Department is the dependable job that’s right for you. Not only does a career as a police officer serve as steady paycheck, serving the shield is a revered position that commands authority and respect.The Police Cadet program at the Lynchburg Police Department requires intense training and professional decorum, as aspiring officers learn the day-to-day duties and develop the skill set necessary to perform the demanding work a man or woman of law enforcement may encounter. The Police Cadet program is a great stepping stone on the way to becoming a sworn officer. Of course, a high school diploma is just a starting point for what it takes to be an cadet in the City of Lynchburg. All applicants to the program must be between the ages of 18 and 20 years old, with a clean criminal history to date. Candidates who are set to graduate in the spring may actually apply prior to completing their high school coursework. In order to be considered, applicants must also pass a written exam, oral interview, medical exam, psychological evaluation and essential physical skills evaluation. Any felony or fitting demonstration of immorality can easily disqualify an applicant. Basic vision requirements maintain that all entering officers must have vision in each eye correctible to 20/30 or better in order to fully function in the field. Though not everyone may find themselves cut out to be a police officer, it can certainly be a rewarding career for the right person.Cadet salaries start at a minimum of 21,008 plus benefits (30,617 for sworn officers), in addition to potential overtime pay.