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Thanks to all who made the 2023 Summer Showdown a success!
The very best in the Nation have been recognized at PSC's National Competitive Training Conference - Summer Showdown. Thanks to the Mentors who worked so hard training the Cadets, thanks to the Sponsors who volunteered their time making the conference a success, thanks to the Cadets for studying so hard to learn the Public Safety Profession and thanks to the parents who made the Cadets. It was fun and we all learned a bunch. Click to see details and pictures of the winners along with our July 2025 Ontario, California video!
Keynote Speaker for Summer ShowdownKristen ZimanFormer Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.)Speaker | Author | Leader | Change Agent
Kristen is the former Police Chief of the Aurora IL Police Department (Ret.). In Kristen’s 30-year career in law enforcement, she blazed trails: she became the first woman Lieutenant in 2008, first woman Commander in 2010, and eventually the first woman Chief in her department’s history in January of 2016. Kristen was also the Chief on watch during a mass shooting in her hometown Aurora, IL.
Since retiring from the department, Kristen has now stepped into her new career as a professional speaker and consultant for organizations and police departments focused on the areas of leadership, women empowerment, positive psychology, and mass shooting prevention.
Kristen is also the author of Reimagining Blue: Thoughts on Life, Leadership, and a New Way Forward in Policing, a passionate and personal memoir of a misunderstood profession through the vantage point of a female police chief.
Cadet Villa-Batista is this year's recipient of the Lt. James E. Breining Scholarship Award presented at the National Competitive Training Conference, Summer Showdown.
If you want to be part of a social movement.... join one!
Come join a new, national nonprofit organization established to mentor youth (Cadets), ages 14-20, to serve their communities by providing knowledge, skills, and practical experiences through education and training delivered by public safety professionals (Mentors) that build character, physical fitness and respect for the rule of law and human and civil rights.
Each registration includes a free Public Safety Cadets patch and free liability and supplemental accident insurance coverage for the calendar year for which Membership Dues have been paid. Liability Insurance and Supplemental Accident Insurance provided by Cincinnati Specialty & Philadelphia Indemnity Company.
The individual registration dues for Cadet or Mentor is $15. Annual Unit Registration Dues are $20.
Public Safety Cadets is a totally new, national non-profit organization incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia founded and managed by active or retired law enforcement officers and business leaders dedicated to preparing young adults for careers and leadership in the public safety profession.
Although formed with a law enforcement centric career focus, future development of other public safety career sectors will include Fire-Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Corrections, Cyber and Forensic Sciences as well as Critical Incident Management.
- Mentor training
- Unit program accreditation
- Youth Safety Training program for all participants
- Academic credits for community service
- Building a recruitment pipeline and pathway for employment
- Reasonable membership dues ($15 for Individual, $20 for each Unit)
- Liability Insurance and Supplemental Accident Insurance
- Local input and full transparency
- State and regional associations encouraged (state association presidents will be ex-officio members of the national committee)
- Advisory Board of distinguished law enforcement and public safety professionals
We welcome your input and look to you as partners in this new opportunity to reach out to young adults interested in careers in public safety. Your comments and suggestions are vital to the development of successful Public Safety Cadets’ policies and programs in order to benefit you, your agency and the youth of your community.
Exciting events upcoming include Public Safety Cadets National Competitive Training Conference. Watch the Events page for more details.
Please contact us at: info@PublicSafetyCadets.org with your comments and suggestions. We need your input! Pass this website on to a colleague.
We welcome you to join an exciting new organization and opportunity to provide a program focused on the youth of your community and the future of our great nation.
Best wishes and be safe,
Director and Founding President
Public Safety Cadets