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Register and Pay for the National Marksmanship Competition

Cadets, Explorers, Mentors and Advisors are invited to participate in the 2019 Public Safety Cadets National Marksmanship Championship and Response to Resistance Symposium at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center (CDJMTC) in Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Central Iowa Law Enforcement Agencies welcome you to this premier event that will provide dynamic activities and discussions to better understand the roles and challenges currently facing the police and our communities. In addition to the pistol competition, participants will learn more about critical topics and emerging trends in response to resistance, less than lethal options and critical incident management that are challenging the law enforcement profession today.

The Polk County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office and Des Moines, Iowa Police Department will co-host this event along with members of the Polk County Law Enforcement Executives Association and welcome you to Iowa for a memorable event and opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and community engagement.

The agenda will include seminars, demonstrations and active laboratories conducted by leading law enforcement professionals in the timely topics of:
• Response to Resistance - Policy and Legal Considerations
• Less Than Lethal Options - Categories & Practical Applications
• Critical Incident Management – A Community Approach
• Current Trends in Marksmanship Proficiency Training

Additional activities include:
• Career Fair
• Air Pistol Marksmanship Instruction
• Judgmental Use of Force Training Simulator "Shoot-Don't Shoot"
• Less Than Lethal Applications Laboratory (ASP & TASER)
• Awards Ceremony and Keynote Speakers from the Law Enforcement Profession

The National Marksmanship Competition allows Cadets/Explorers the opportunity to demonstrate their safe and proficient handling of firearms and marksmanship proficiency in a competitive training environment. The course of fire will be the standard Public Safety Cadets Center Fire Pistol Course (PSCCFPC). The firearm intended for use is the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0, striker-fire, semi-automatic pistol for use from a fixed position at 15 yards, in slow, timed and rapid-fire stages on a bull's-eye target. Individual, two-man team, and four-man team winners will be awarded trophies, medals and prizes. 

Entry in this tournament is limited to the first 500 Public Safety Cadets/Explorers who are registered and who have been certified by their Unit Mentor and a firearms instructor from a law enforcement agency or certified NRA firearms instructor as meeting competitor certification. The Unit Mentor and qualified Firearms Instructor must submit a Firearms Training Certification Form containing the names of each Cadet qualified under the Competitor Certification requirements.

Each Public Safety Cadet/Explorer who enters the pistol competition must have received a minimum of eight (8) hours of instruction in, but not limited to, fundamentals of marksmanship, safe range operations, target scoring, firearms safety, nomenclature and proper loading of magazines by a qualified firearms instructor (certified by a federal, state, county or municipal government or the NRA) and completed at least two courses of fire on the PSCCFPC.

Unit Mentors/Advisors must provide a Firearms Training Certification Form, PSC waiver, CDJMTC Release form (Adult or Minor) and Code of Conduct form for each Cadet in order for them to participate in the pistol competition.

While not engaged in the competition, Cadets/Explorers will have the opportunity to attend seminars, active laboratories, judgmental training simulator, career fair and marksmanship skill building on the air pistol range. Cadets/Explorers who successfully complete the participation requirements will receive a specially minted challenge coin to commemorate this event and also qualify for a PSC event achievement ribbon approved for wear on their uniform.  

The event venue will accommodate the first 500 Public Safety Cadets/Explorers who will shoot all in one day during ten relays of 50 Cadets each. Meal times will be staggered and assigned to accommodate shooting relays. Food and Lodging is provided with the $85 registration fee ($90 non-PSC members) and covers five meals and two nights commencing Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The CDJMTC is operated by the Iowa National Guard and located at 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824. 
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2019 PSC Leadership Academy
George Mason University - Washington DC area

2019 Leadership Academy

The Public Safety Cadets first in-residence Leadership Academy will be held August 4-10, 2019, in Fairfax, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C.  The Academy will consist of interactive workshops, dynamic speakers, physical fitness, and field trips around the National Capital Region which will build upon leadership lessons taught throughout the week.  Cadets will visit the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the National Law Enforcement Museum, the African American Museum of History and Culture, and take part in a leadership lessons walking tour of select monuments in Washington, D.C.  The Academy is hosted by the Fairfax County Police Department and co-sponsored by the George Mason University Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy and the George Mason University Police. 
Each registered PSC Unit is allotted one spot to send a Cadet of their choosing.  Additional Cadets will be competitively selected until capacity is reached.  Cadets and/or their sponsoring Unit are responsible for travel to and from Fairfax, Virginia and a $100 registration fee (scholarships are available for those who cannot afford this cost).  Cadets will be housed in air conditioned dorms on the campus of George Mason University and meals are included.  While attending the Academy, Cadets will also learn about a variety of law enforcement career opportunities. 
The focus of the 2019 Academy is leadership in law enforcement and failures of leadership.
To apply, submit an application which must arrive at by June 1, 2019.  Cadets will be notified of the acceptance by July 1, 2019. 

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National Law Enforcement Museum Grand Opening Activities
Washington, D.C.

October 11-13, 2018
Cadets assisted with the ribbon cutting and grand opening.

PSC Kickoff

IACP Conference

Orlando, Florida
October 6-9, 2018