Public Safety Cadets

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The Watertown Police Department Public Safety Cadet offers an opportunity for young adults to see what a career in law enforcement entails before the investment in the necessary education and training is made.

This program can be a great resume builder for Cadets when he or she begins the application process for a career in law enforcement.  Cadets receive training and education in a number of aspects of law enforcement and may even receive certification in certain activities. Overall the Public Safety Cadet Program is a positive outreach which allows the Watertown Police Department and the young adults in the surrounding area to connect and work together constructively.


Cadet meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Watertown Police Department.  The dates, times, and location may be changed by the mentors. Each meeting is run by the cadets with guidance from the mentors.  All mentors are employed by the Watertown Police Department and are directly related to the duties of law enforcement.

The Public Safety Cadet program is not a sworn or paid position and Cadets may be asked to assist with certain City of Watertown sponsored events on a voluntary basis.


Applicants are Required to:

  • Be between the ages of 14-20 years;
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Have a genuine interest in law enforcement as a potential career;
  • Have a clear criminal record;
  • Properly complete and submit the Cadet application.


The Public Safety Cadet Application is a pdf. You may complete it on your computer and then bring or mail it to the police department at:

Watertown Police Department
106 Jones Street
Watertown, WI 53094