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Cedar Rapids Public Safety Cadets Unit #107, hosted by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and previously known as the Cedar Rapids Police Explorer Post, #107 was established in 1966. The program was one of the first “Law Enforcement Explorer” posts in the United States charted through the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2023, the program transitioned to become Cedar Rapids Public Safety Cadets Unit #107 through the Public Safety Cadets program. The Cadet Unit provides career training and educational opportunities to young adults with an interest in developing a career in law enforcement. In addition to receiving in-depth training and socialization in this exciting field, members also actively volunteer in the community.

Today, there are many members within the Unit from various backgrounds throughout Cedar Rapids and neighboring cities with a common interest in law enforcement. During meetings, Cadets cover topics including arrest and search procedures, accident investigations, bomb threat responses, burglary in progress protocols, crime scene searches, hostage and crisis negotiations, domestic abuse investigations, shooting scenarios, first aid, traffic stop procedures, white collar crime investigations, firearms practice, and vehicle maneuvering procedures. 

Current advisors include Cedar Rapids Police Officer Shawn Burke, Officer Dan Kent, Volunteer Don Detwiler, Cedar Rapids Dispatcher Caitlyn Froese, and Officer Charity Hansel.  They receive assistance from many other police officers, law enforcement professionals, and community members. 

The program is designed for young adults between 14-20 years of age. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The meetings are at 6:00 p.m. Please fill out this form or email Officer Shawn Burke s.burke@cedar-rapids.org if you are interested in joining.

Contact information:

Officer Shawn Burke
Phone: 319-286-5191

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CRPSCU107/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crpscu107/


Before Blue Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@beforeblueCR

Cadet Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF3p2ZyeFBf4SEPvq4zlhyQ/videos 

Cadet Website: https://crpdexplorers107.wixsite.com/cedar-rapids-public

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