Sgt. Frank Stilson

Cadet Program Coordinator
Anthony Seeger, MSC 6810
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Telephone - 540.568.6913
Email - 

Haydn Stevens

Lead Cadet Supervisor (S1)
Anthony Seeger, MSC 6810
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Telephone - 540.568.2943
Email -


The goal of the James Madison University Public Safety Cadet Program is to ensure the safety and welfare of the campus community, to serve the inhabitants of this community, to assist JMU's sworn Officers, and to reduce the impact of crime on the university and its inhabitants through patrol and the apprehension and adjudication of persons involved in criminal offenses.

The Program and the Department of Police and Public Safety are committed to the educational process and total student development of its Cadet personnel. The administration of this organization realizes the importance of maturation and strives to continually enhance the learning process for its student employees.

The James Madison University Public Safety Cadet program was formed in the mid 1970's. The program can have up to 33 student cadets who work different security functions throughout the University campus. The cadets are the eyes and ears of the Police Department. They supplement the Police Departments force. The cadets have no police powers and contact the police if they see a crime occurring.

The Public Safety Cadet’s duties include but are not limited to patrolling JMU’s immediate campus, securing academic and administrative buildings, safety escorts, and other security related functions of the campus. The cadets are all students at James Madison University. Any student, of at least sophomore status, can apply for a cadet position. Applications are received and reviewed, favorable candidates will receive a phone call to come in for an interview.

Further information regarding the James Madison University Public Safety Cadet can be obtained by contacting the current Lead Cadet Supervisor (S1) mentioned above.

Job Description


Cadets will patrol campus and work special events to ensure the safety and welfare of the JMU community and all visitors to JMU. All cadets will be under the direct supervision of a cadet supervisor and the program coordinator. Cadets will at times perform their duties with a high degree of independence, exercising considerable judgment, tact, and integrity in the completion of their responsibilities.

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Efficiently complete all tasks assigned
  • Bring any situation of significance to the attention of a Supervisor
  • Perform duties in accordance with Cadet policy
  • Be on time for all assigned shifts
  • Notify the on-duty Supervisor as to why they may not be able to work
  • Obey all orders transmitted by superiors
  • Perform other duties as assigned by a Supervisor and/or the Program Coordinator

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to interact in a courteous manner with Program members, the Police Department, and the general public

Shift Times

(times are subject to change)

Patrol Shift:

Sunday – Thursday: 1900hrs – 2400hrs Friday – Saturday: 2100hrs – 0300hrs

K5 (Locking Buildings) Shift:

Sunday – Wednesday: 1900hrs - until complete Thursday: 2100hrs - until complete Friday – Saturday: 2100hrs - until complete

K10 (Vehicle Safety Escort) Shift:

Sunday – Thursday: 1900hrs – 0200hrs Friday – Saturday: 2100hrs – 0300hrs


  • Must be an active degree-seeking student at James Madison University of at least sophomore status
  • Must pass a Criminal History check
  • Must be mature, have a neat appearance, and the ability to meet and deal professionally with the public
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0
  • Must be willing to work primarily night shifts, most running to midnight or later

How to Apply

To apply for a cadet position with the JMU Police Department please visit and click on Student Positions type “Police Cadet” in the Working Title field at the bottom of the page.

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