Public Safety Cadets is an interactive, hands-on, career education program sponsored by the Kennesaw Police Department. Participants in the program are called Cadets. The program serves young men and women who are 14 through 21 years old. Public Safety Cadet Units have a specialized focus on a single career field, our program has a specific focus on Law Enforcement and Community Relationships. The Public Safety Cadets is a youth-based community outreach program where our future leaders learn life skills and what it would be like to become a police officer.

The Kennesaw Police Department will offer classroom discussion learning environments. Topics will include Police Policy & Practices, Criminal Procedure, Case Law Precedence, Current Events, Georgia State Law, U. S. Constitutional Law, and The Bill of Rights. Cadets will understand how these topics guide police officers in their daily functions and duties while remaining within the boundaries of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Public Safety Cadet classroom environment is designed to encourage open discussion while promoting the learning experience. The Kennesaw Police Department will provide real-world training scenarios in conjunction with the classroom experience. By combining classroom learning with real-world police training scenarios, a Cadet will not only learn about specific police-related topics, but they will also learn how to apply the knowledge they have acquired.


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 experiences through education and training delivered by public safety professionals that build character, physical fitness, and respect for the rule of law.

Values and Principles Statement:

The following core values and principles are the foundation of our 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 help 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 community 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 (i.e. The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics)


A Kennesaw Police Department Cadet will gain Interpersonal Communication Skills, Listening Skills, Writing and Articulation Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Self-Disciple, and Motivational Skills, including Leadership Skills.

  • To install moral, and ethical character in our youth
  • To enhance relationships between police officers and the community
  • To teach the importance of professionalism
  • To provide guidance and structure to the youth of our community
  • To create future leaders and productive members of society
  • To establish a working knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights



The Public Safety Cadets Program brings the Cadets into direct contact with the public and members of the community on a regular basis. The Cadets augment the Kennesaw Police Department Mission by acting as liaisons between members of our community and the Kennesaw Police Department, especially with members of their own age group. The Cadets are called upon to assist the Kennesaw Police Department by volunteering during city functions to include; Pigs & Peaches, Salute to America 4th of July Festival, Taste of Kennesaw, and A Day With Santa Parade. A Kennesaw Police Cadet can obtain upwards of over 100 volunteer community service hours in a period of one year.





  • Members (Cadet) of the Kennesaw Police Department Public Safety Cadet Program must meet the following criteria:
  • To Apply, applicants must be between the ages of 14 years old to 19 years old
  • Cadets must have a guardian or parental permission in written format, included in the application
  • Cadets must be enrolled in high school or a high school equivalent program
  • Cadets must refrain from the use of and exposure to illegal substances
  • Cadets must refrain from the use of and exposure to underage alcohol consumption
  • Cadets must refrain from gang affiliation
  • Cadets must pass a Criminal History Background Investigation. (Note: Concerning Cadets with a history of Status Offense(s) or Misdemeanor(s), a Waiver may be granted)


Young men and women are eligible to apply between the ages of 14 and 19. Cadets who have joined the program prior to their 19th birthday are eligible to remain with the Cadets Program until their 21st birthday. The intent behind this is to provide our Cadets a gateway into becoming police officers. At the age of 21, a Kennesaw Police Cadets can take off the Cadets Uniform and dawn the Kennesaw Police Department badge and uniform as a career police officer.


If you or someone you know is between the ages of 14 and 19 years, and interested in becoming a Police Officer or in a career in Criminal Justice Field, the Kennesaw Police Department invites you to attend any of our weekly meetings.


Upon attending an Cadets meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Cadets program, meet the Police Officer Mentors that generously donate their time to provide the best learning experience and obtain an application to join our ranks.


For more information on becoming a Kennesaw Police Department Cadets, please contact Officer David Buchanan by email at dbuchanan@kennesaw-ga.gov or by phone at 770-424-8274.