Public Safety Cadets

What are the Public Safety Cadets?

The Public Safety Cadets (PSC) program is geared toward young adults interested in a career in law enforcement or a law enforcement related field, or for anyone looking to build or expand their knowledge of transferable life skills, even if the end goal is not a career in law enforcement.

PSC compete in law enforcement scenario based competitions, engage in fundraising, experience ride-alongs with patrol officers, and volunteer at department-related functions.

PSC mentor and coach young adults in the following areas:

  • Deeper knowledge of law enforcement
  • Character development
  • Leadership and life skills
  • Importance of community service

Topics a Cadet will experience:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Handcuffing
  • Use of Force
  • Building Clearing
  • Traffic Stops
  • As well as many other disciplines!

CORE Values

Service, Leadership, Integrity, Community Partnership, Continuous Improvement, Human Dignity, Diversity

Madison Police Officers are held to a higher standard of conduct than those in the general public.

The Madison Police Department Cadet program is an extension of MPD and thus, Cadets are held to a higher standard as well.

Who can join PSC?

  • Young adults ages 14-20 who have completed 8th grade
  • If in school, must have minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester
  • No felony convictions

When and where do Cadets meet?

Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 4:45 pm - 8:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Madison Police Department Training Center, 5702 Femrite Dr.

Attendance and volunteerism are mandatory to be a part of the program.

Our Cadet program runs commensurate with the school year. While the Cadet program typically breaks for the summer, there are still get-togethers for fun events.

How do I apply?

We do not have year-round recruiting. We bring new Cadets on each fall, around the start of the school year, with our 1st Nighter Recruiting Event. Contact our PSC recruiter at publicsafetycadets@cityofmadison.com to obtain materials and directions on how to apply. You will need to complete the following:

  • Application
  • Resume - not to exceed 1 page
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family
  • Most recent transcript (does not need to be an official copy!)
  • Must complete two essay questions
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