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
- Use of Force
- Building Clearing
- Traffic Stops
- As well as many other disciplines!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain materials and directions on how to apply. You will need to complete the following:
- 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