To provide equal service to all through compassion, empathy and respect while defending the rights of individuals and improving quality of life.

It is the intent of the Unified Police Department to build, strengthen and maintain strong character, integrity and ethics within our community. We will accomplish this goal through the sharing of knowledge, education and professional pride with the youth of our community.

The Mission

The mission of the Youth Cadet program is to create a positive relationship between the youth of our community and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, we will make Salt Lake County and the State of Utah a better place to live, work and play.

What will the Youth Cadet Program teach you and what are our future goals?

The Youth Cadet program consists of a multitude of instruction. Each month will address a specific aspect of what a police officer does in the line of duty. The main goal of the Youth Cadet program is to introduce the student to the many different facets of the law enforcement profession while at the same time instilling a sense of pride and respect in themselves and the community. This will include career preparation, volunteer opportunities, interview skills, business principles, resume building, job shadowing, and hands on learning. It is also our goal to expose the youth cadet to the business world we all live in. This will include the interactions and training by our community leaders, and Honorary Colonels who have succeeded in their endeavors in business/marketing while making the community a success.

As with all these functions ethics and integrity is a must!

Who may apply?

Any student attending high school or college between the age of 16 to 20 (MUST APPLY PRIOR TO 20th BIRTHDAY) within the area of Salt Lake County may apply to be accepted into the Youth Cadet program.


The Unified Police Department is looking for students who have demonstrated good citizenship, have served as a positive role model or have shown the potential to become leaders within the youth community, and will follow the outlined goals and objectives of the Youth Cadet program along with maintaining an acceptable grade point average. Youth cadets may be required to complete and be involved in a mentoring program as set forth by our Honoring Colonels and community leaders.

Meetings & Dress Attire

Meetings are normally held in the evening twice a month during the traditional school year. Youth cadets are issued a uniform and must dress appropriately. Youth cadets must keep in mind that you are representing youth leadership and the Unified Police Department. There will be some hands on classes, which will involve interaction with other students, police officers and the community. The meetings and classes will be conducted in classroom settings, as well as in the field.

Application Submission

Completed and signed applications may be submitted in person during regular business hours or by mail to: Attention: Professional Standards Division-Unified Police Department, 3365 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119.

Completed applications may also be scanned and submitted by email to: or faxed to: 385.468.9685. Any questions please contact Sgt. Mike Judd at 385.468.9691.

Note: The Youth Cadet program coincides with the traditional school year. Application deadline each year is November 30th.

What is the Youth Cadet Mentoring Program?

The UPD Youth Cadet Mentoring Program was implemented with the help of Connie Deianni, Sr. V.P. Zions Bank Mentor Program, and the SL Honorary Colonels. Developing the nuts and bolts of the program began in November 2011 with a cadet workshop. At this workshop the cadets were asked to brain storm their interest in a career path of their choice, mentoring needs and topics they wanted covered in training opportunities. The focus was not only for a police career, but an overall brainstorming of what interests the cadets have for his/her life path and future goals. With the gathered data from this work shop Connie Deianni and Jackie Biskupski from the Sheriff’s Office completed an outline of the UPD mentoring program which started in January 2012.

The program was kicked off with two training seminars put on by The Inclusion Center. These sessions covered empowerment, communication skill development, exploring ones own awareness and personal accountability, the importance of being respectful under difficult circumstances, and conflict resolution. After the initial trainings were completed, specific mentorships were identified for each cadet and mentors were matched up with them. The cadets and the mentors went through a training regarding the expectations of them with their participation in this program. The commitment to the mentor program made by the mentors is 3 months. They are required to be available to their cadet for career advice, goal setting and counseling to help the cadet achieve those goals and providing hands on experience. During this three month period the cadets are also required to continue to attend and participate in the mentor training seminars. Our third training was all about higher education, put on by Ann Mackin, Director of the Miller Business Resource Center, how to fund it through a variety of resources, and what Utah schools have to offer. Last month Brad Herbert, Emerging Market Manager and V.P. of Retail Branch Banking for Zion’s Bank, helped the cadets understand networking and the importance it can play in your day to day life as well as your career. This month, Connie Deianni returns with a course on Etiquette and professionalism. Mark Miller will also provide training on goal setting. This summer the cadets will be required to do a community service project and once that is completed, they have the opportunity to apply for $1000 scholarship with the Honorary Colonels who will be rewarding 5 $1000 scholarships to our top notch cadets. These scholarships can be used to attend college or assist with the expense of going through POST. This is the first year we have implemented the mentoring program so we are very excited for the cadets and the potential outcomes of this program.