Police Cadets

In 2006, Hartford Police Sergeant Jim Zywicki started the Hartford Police Explorer Post. In 2020, Hartford Police Department changed from Exploring to Public Safety Cadets, a program for youth ages 14-20.

2021 Hartford Public Safety Cadets

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The Cadet Program gives the participant an opportunity to learn about law enforcement from a different perspective, learn about local government and its functions, and assess it as a possible career choice. Cadets train in hands-on scenarios that officers respond to, participate in training competitions against other youth programs, and volunteer at area and regional events. The Police Cadet Unit will also assist our officers with traffic control at special events and parades. 


To provide area youth with a better understanding of local government, its functions and responsibilities; to promote respect for the law; to provide each cadet with the opportunity to observe the operations of the police department in the discharge of its responsibility to protect and serve the citizens of Hartford; and to provide information and exploration of law enforcement career(s). 

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Minimum Cadet Qualifications:

A. Must be a Wisconsin resident.  

B. Minimum age of 14, to 20 years old (until 21st birthday). 

C. Must keep body weight in proportion to height and maintain a high level of physical fitness. 

D. Must have and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school or college to remain in the Unit. 2.5 average is a combination of B’s and C’s for grades.  If grades fall below 2.5 (GPA) the Cadet will be placed on academic probation for 3 months to improve their grades back to 2.5 (GPA). 

E. Must undergo a thorough background review to assess character and integrity.  Must not have a  prior conviction for a criminal offense or serious traffic offense. 

F. As a prerequisite for joining, a hold harmless and release form from the agency and Public Safety Cadets must be executed by the parents or legal guardian and/or the Cadet if of legal age to sign such a form. 

Program Interest

If you are interested in this program for yourself or your child, please contact Officers Cori Whipple, Derrick Janzen, Michael Kolbach, Adam Albea, or Detective Mitchell Kraemer at 262-673-2600.  You can also download a membership application here.

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