Burbank Police officials hope four young people in tan uniforms will
be the future of the department.
After a 10-year-hiatus, the department has reinstated its cadet
program, which allows selected college students to work part-time at
the station. The program is intended for young people interested in
joining the Burbank department, and in the past, many cadets did.
“For me, it’s what really made me realize I wanted to be a police
officer,” Burbank Lt. Janice Lowers said.
Four cadets -- who wear tan uniforms when they work -- were
selected from more than 20 applicants for the newly- revived
program, and began working in late February. The cadets work 20-hour
weeks and are paid $11.20 to $13.98 per hour. To be eligible for the
program, they must be 18 or older, taking 18 academic credits a year
while maintaining a 2.5 grade-point average.
The program was discontinued after it drifted from its original
intention, with cadets beginning to take jobs away from civilian
employees, Lowers said.
It was reinstated when officials realized talented Burbank youths
were going to other departments to become cadets and eventually
Scott Rauenswinder, 20, and Nancy Robles, 19, hope to join the
Burbank department when their time as cadets ends. While Rauenswinder
plans to become a sworn officer, Robles said she’s looking at a
civilian position in forensics.
“Everybody thinks the police department is just officers and
detectives, but there’s a lot more to it than that,” she said.
Cadets move through a variety of departments, doing primarily
administrative and clerical work. While the work might sound mundane,
both Rauenswinder and Robles said they are grateful for the
“It teaches you a lot and gives you an idea what you’re getting
into,” Robles said.
The other members of the cadet class are Neil Gunn, 20, and
Natalie Avedissian, 18.