Public Safety Cadet Program

What is the Public Safety Cadet Program?

The Public Safety Cadet Program is a new, national non-profit organization founded and managed by active and retired law enforcement officers and business leaders dedicated to preparing young adults, ages 14-20 (until 21st birthday), for careers and leadership in the public safety profession. This program has replaced the previous Police Explorer program with our department in 2020.  The program is similar to the Police Explorer program, however, it is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.  Fuquay-Varina Police Department Public Safety Cadets participate in activities directly with the men and women of the FVPD.

Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Values and Principles Statements

Vision Statement - Preparing young adults for careers and leadership in the public safety profession.

Mission Statement - Mentoring young adults to serve their communities by providing knowledge, skills and practical exercises through education and training delivered by public safety professionals that build character, physical fitness and respect for the rule of law.

Values and Principal Statement - The following core values and principals are the foundation of the PSC program and instilled in all program activities: 

Fair and impartial public safety services to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or religion, and a respect for diversity and the rule of law. 

Training programs, practical experiences, and activities that not only better prepare young adults for a public safety career, but also emphasize the role of first responders in a democratic society. 

Preparing the next generation of public safety professionals through development programs that emphasize the concept of servant leadership. 

Community engagement and support are critical to successfully achieving the mission of public safety organizations. 

Engaging young adults through agency sponsors to work collaboratively with citizens and community organizations will help strengthen relationships, build trust and resolve issues for the well-being of the community. 

Public safety organizations must be committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in all aspects of their operations and services.  Integrity, fairness, impartiality, courtesy, respect and compassion are essential character traits. 

Public safety professionals must be committed to these traits in providing the highest quality services to the communities they serve. 

Public safety professionals are accountable to the public they serve and are held to a higher standard of conduct than other members of the community.  They must reflect the values and virtues of good citizenship in both their personal and professional lives as set forth in their professional code of conduct.

Fuquay-Varina Police Department's Public Safety Cadet Program (2020)

Public Safety Cadet meetings are held at the Fuquay-Varina Police Department. At the meetings, the members conduct program business, plan community service projects, participate in training and are exposed to other police officers and a professional law enforcement culture.

Training Topics

Each month is also dedicated to a training topic for the program. The members are provided training on such topics as Constitutional Law, Technologies in Law Enforcement, Policing in the Schools, Law Enforcement Tactics and Procedures as well as Physical Fitness. Law enforcement instructors provide the hands-on training and demonstrations so that the members are exposed to a variety of disciplines, training styles, and ranks.


It is considered a privilege to be accepted as a member of the Fuquay-Varina Public Safety Cadet Program. A strict code of conduct, self-discipline, regular attendance, and an enthusiasm for the program are expected of all members.

If you are interested in learning more about Fuquay-Varina Police Department's Public Safety Cadet program, contact Lieutenant Anthony Hodges (919-567-3932) or Corporal Brett Kain (919-567-3917)

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