Fairfax County Police Department

CONTACT INFORMATION: 24/7 Emergency Response; Office and Program Hours Vary
703-691-2131 TTY 711 (Non-Emergency)
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Kevin Davis
Chief of Police

Public Safety Cadets


Public Safety Cadets



The Fairfax County Police Department Public Safety Cadets program provides leadership, ethics, and career preparation training to young people 14-20 years old with an interest in a career in law enforcement.  Fairfax County operates three Public Safety Cadets Units: Unit 1742 @ The Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy; Unit 2252 @ West Potomac High School; and Unit 505 @ Annandale High School; with law enforcement officers serving as teachers and mentors. Public Safety Cadets allows the FCPD to conduct important youth outreach and recruitment of local young adults to one day fill our ranks

Key benefits of the Public Safety Cadets program include:

  • National Events and Career Skills Competition
  • National Leadership Development Academy
  • Hands-on experience and awareness of the criminal justice system
  • Basic, advanced, and specialized law enforcement training
  • Ride Along program
  • Develop high personal standards of performance and personal conduct
  • Develop self-discipline, teamwork, and leadership skills
  • Building a recruitment pipeline and pathway for employment
  • Liability Insurance and Supplemental Accident Insurance 

First Nighter 2023 Dates

Unit Date Time Location
Unit 1742 Monday, August 28, 2023 7:00pm Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, 14601 Lee Rd., Chantilly, VA
Unit 505 Monday, September 11, 2023 7:00pm Rear Parking Lot/Cafeteria of Annandale High School, 4700 Medford Dr., Annandale, VA 22003
Unit 2252 Monday, September 18, 2023 7:00pm West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria, VA 22307

More information can be found at www.publicsafetycadets.org and FCPD Public Safety Cadets (trooptrack.com)


Interested candidates should complete and print the following:

one Public Safety Cadets Application and three Recommendation Forms.


Applications are due, in person, to the respective Units by Monday, October 2, 2023 @7:00PM.

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