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Public Safety Cadet Program

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The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) Public Safety Cadet (PSC) program is a national, nonprofit organization founded and managed by active law enforcement officers dedicated to preparing young adults for careers and leadership in the public safety profession. The program, sponsored by and functioning locally under the BCoPD, is directed by a committee of BCoPD sworn personnel with the assistance of several interested adult civilians/volunteers. 

Participation in the PSC program is an excellent start to your career as a paid Baltimore County police cadet, available to applicants 17.5 to 20 years old. 

Goals 

The PSC program's goal is to mentor young adults to serve their communities by providing knowledge, skills and practical experiences through education and training delivered by public safety professionals. These experiences build character, leadership development, and appreciation for community services and good citizenship. The program also serves as:

  • An introduction to various phases of law enforcement
  • A recruitment tool for future men and women in law enforcement
  • A community relations effort between police, youth and the community

Program Topics and Duties

PSCs receive basic instruction in various phases of law enforcement, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal and traffic law
  • Criminal and accident investigation
  • Crime prevention
  • Traffic control and direction
  • Community policing
  • Public speaking

PSCs are required to participate in the numerous details performed by their Unit, usually in the following areas:

  • Traffic direction
  • Security
  • Communications
  • Field trips (training, team building, etc.)
  • Training seminars

Membership Process

Eligibility

At the time of application and to be eligible for membership in the program, a candidate must:

  • Be between 14 and 20 years of age and in junior high school
  • Have and maintain a minimum grade "C" average in school
  • Be a responsible citizen with a good reputation and moral character
  • Be able to safely perform duties of this position without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others
  • Have full approval of parents or guardian, and assurance of their support and cooperation
  • Be a United States citizen

Submit an Application

If you are interested in becoming a PSC and meet the above eligibility requirements, contact a mentoring officer listed below. You do not have to submit an application specific to the area where you live. You can choose the location of the precinct/unit that you would like to join. 

Probationary Period

Once accepted into the program, PSCs are placed on a three-month probationary period. Successful completion of the probationary period allows the member to advance towards full membership privileges.

Full Membership

Full members have the opportunity to earn scholarships and travel nationally for a leadership academy and various training opportunities, including mentor and youth safety training. Service learning hours are also available for high school graduation requirements.

Rules and Regulations

PSC are governed by a manual of rules and regulations that mirrors BCoPD's.

  • Uniforms are required—with part of the uniform supplied by the Unit and part purchased by the individual member.
  • Promotion—To the various ranks within the program depends upon a member's service record with the Unit, leadership potential and completion of any designated testing procedures.
  • Integrity—All PSCs must maintain the highest level of integrity while they are participating in the program's activities and in their personal lives. Those PSCs violating the guidelines set forth by the program will be handled accordingly.

Unit Meetings and Contacts

Each Unit holds regular meetings within their designated precinct. PSCs are expected to attend all meetings for their Unit, which are primarily held the first and third Thursdays of each month, unless otherwise stated. 

Precinct/UnitContact NumberMentoring Officers

Wilkens—2101
901 Walker Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
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410-887-5168

Mentor:
D. Waller

Co-mentor: 
J. Saunders
443-809-2173

Woodlawn—2102
9113 Liberty Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21207
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410-887-4714

Mentor:
K. Young

Co-mentor: 
K. Womack
410-887-4714

Franklin—2103
606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
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410-887-6978Mentor:
A. Kauffman
410-887-6985
Pikesville—2104
215 Milford Mill Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
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410-887-1279Mentor:
K. Ketterman
410-887-6775
Towson—2106
1055 Taylor Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21234
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410-887-5933Mentor:
W. Tilghman
Cockeysville—2107
111 Wight Avenue
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
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410-887-1820Mentor:
J. Arnett
410-887-1863

White Marsh—2109
8220 Perry Hall Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
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410-887-5035Mentor:
C. Daniloski

Co-mentor: 
J. Goorevitz
410-887-5310

Essex—2111
216 North Marlyn Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
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410-887-0232

Mentor:
K. Saltzer

Co-mentor: 
A. Heavner
410-887-0232

Dundalk—2112
428 Westham Way
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
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410-887-7336Mentor:
D. Marlow
410-887-7337

Co-mentor: 
R. Borunda
410-887-7320

Headquarters—2100
700 East Joppa Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21286
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410-887-5901

Mentor:
G. Mussini

Co-mentors:
S. Evelyn
R. Johnson

Values and Principles Statement

The following core values and principals are the foundation of our program and are instilled in all program activities.

  • Fair and Impartial Services—For all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or religion, and a respect for diversity and the rule of law.
  • Role of First Responders in a Democratic Society—Training programs, practical experiences and activities that better prepare young adults for a public safety career
  • Servant Leadership—Preparing the next generation of public safety professionals through development programs that emphasize this concept. 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.
  • Essential Character Traits—Integrity, fairness, impartiality, courtesy, respect and compassion are essential character traits. Public safety professionals and organizations must be committed to these traits, and to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and ethics, in all aspects of their operations and in providing the highest quality services to the communities they serve. 
  • Accountability—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 (i.e. the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics).

More Information

For more information, contact Officer George Mussini of the Community Resources Section by calling 410-887-5901 or emailing gmussini@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
Revised June 16, 2021         

 

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