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Competitive Events

Our carefully designed competitive events allow participants to test their mettle in various public safety sectors. As part of our commitment to fostering a well-prepared, career-ready public safety workforce in Texas, these events provide invaluable hands-on experience and insights. Whether you're a high school student considering a career in public safety or an educator looking to provide practical opportunities for your students, TPSA's competitive events offer an engaging way to acquire the skills and knowledge essential for success.

911 Call Taking


The 911 Call Taking event simulates the high-stress environment of emergency telecommunications. Competitors will handle a high-priority law enforcement call, gathering crucial information and maintaining call taker composure while multitasking.


Agility Course


The Fire Agility Course event is a rigorous test of competitors' physical capabilities and firefighting skills. Participants will face four distinct challenges: dragging a fire hose over a set distance, transporting heavy fire equipment, simulating forcible entry with a sledgehammer, and executing a victim rescue by dragging a mannequin. Each challenge is timed and designed to push the competitors' limits in strength, endurance, and technique.

Skills Assessment

Agility Course


The Law Enforcement Agility Course event simulates the adrenaline-pumping dynamics of a foot pursuit. Competitors will initiate radio communication, navigate physical obstacles like wall climbs and low crawls, and complete fitness challenges such as step-ups and push-ups. The course culminates in a suspect identification task and a simulated weapon discharge, all while racing against the clock.

Skills Assessment



The Anthropology event challenges competitors to identify bones and estimate the victim's height. Participants will then match their findings to a list of missing persons, aiming to solve a simulated forensic puzzle.

Skills Assessment

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis


The Bloodstain Pattern Analysis event tasks competitors with deciphering the origin of a simulated bloodstain. Participants will employ calculations and stringing techniques to determine direction, area of convergence, and angle of impact.

Skills Assessment

Building Search


The Building Search event tasks competitors with securing a building with an open door. Participants will coordinate their actions to safely enter, search, and secure the premises, making critical decisions along the way.


Cell Extraction


The Cell Extraction event simulates a correctional facility scenario where an inmate has refused to comply. Competitors will activate a cell extraction team and execute procedures to safely extract the inmate.


Closing Argument


The Closing Argument event challenges participants to review a criminal case and deliver a compelling closing argument. Competitors will take on the role of either the Prosecuting or Defense Attorney, articulating their case to a simulated courtroom.


Correctional Institute Design


The Correctional Institute Design event challenges competitors to conceptualize and present a modern correctional facility. Participants will showcase their designs through 3D models and tri-fold poster boards, articulating their vision to a panel of judges.


Crime Scene Investigation


The Crime Scene Investigation event challenges competitors to secure, process, and document a simulated crime scene. Participants will identify and collect evidence, adhering to forensic guidelines.


DWI Traffic Stop


In the DWI Traffic Stop event, competitors find themselves in a simulated environment designed to emulate a real-world DWI stop. Participants will engage in dynamic roleplay, conducting specific field sobriety tests—Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Walk and Turn, and One Leg Stand—on a violator.


Disturbance Call


In the Disturbance Call event, competitors respond to a simulated disturbance scenario. Participants will engage in de-escalation techniques, conduct interviews, and assess the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.


Felony Traffic Stop


In the Felony Traffic Stop event, competitors are placed in a high-risk traffic stop scenario commonly linked to felony offenses. Utilizing patrol vehicles, participants will coordinate tasks such as issuing verbal commands, safely extracting, and detaining suspects. The goal is to safely detain simulated suspects while maintaining situational awareness and effective communication.


Fingerprint Collection and Analysis


The Fingerprint Collection and Analysis event tests competitors' skills in locating and lifting fingerprints. Participants will then engage in comparative analysis to match the lifted print to known samples.

Skills Assessment

First Responder


The First Responder event places competitors in a simulated emergency scene. Participants will assess the situation, administer first aid, and demonstrate CPR/AED skills in a scenario designed to test their medical response acumen.


Hair Analysis


In the Hair Analysis event, competitors delve into microscopic analysis and scale castings to identify the characteristics of a hair sample. Participants will scrutinize cuticle patterns, medulla patterns, and pigment distribution to make their determinations. Following this, a comparative analysis will be conducted on the same hair sample to match it to one of three known samples. Each step of the analysis will be justified through detailed written reports.

Skills Assessment

Inmate Processing


The Inmate Processing event simulates the intake procedures within a correctional facility. Competitors will engage in activities such as fingerprinting, searching, inventorying property, and completing necessary documentation.


Job Exhibit


The Job Exhibit event encourages competitors to research various roles within a specific career cluster. Competitors will research salary and benefits, education and training requirements, natural abilities and required skills, availability of jobs, opportunities for advancement and any additional benefits or perks that would attract potential applicants. Participants will present their findings through a tri-fold visual display, offering insights into job requirements, salary, and advancement opportunities. This year, the specific career cluster is Law Enforcement.


Opening Statement


The Opening Statement event challenges participants to review a criminal case and articulate a compelling opening statement. Competitors will assume the role of either the Prosecuting or Defense Attorney in a simulated courtroom.


Parliamentary Procedure


The Parliamentary Procedure event immerses competitors in a simulated business meeting environment. Participants will engage in discussions on undisclosed topics, navigating through an agenda while adhering to parliamentary rules and motions.


Press Conference


The Press Conference event casts competitors as Public Information Officers for a fire department. Participants will prepare and deliver a press release, addressing a simulated audience in a press conference setting.


Qualifying an Expert Witness


The Qualifying an Expert Witness event places competitors in a courtroom setting. Participants will review a potential expert witness's resume and credentials, aiming to qualify them as an expert through questioning.


Report Writing


The Report Writing event challenges competitors to craft a detailed and accurate police report. Participants will base their reports on a simulated law enforcement scenario, focusing on clarity and conciseness.

Skills Assessment

Search and Rescue


The Search and Rescue event simulates a two-stage fire rescue scenario. Competitors will don fire bunker gear and navigate through a zero-visibility area to rescue a simulated victim.

Skills Assessment

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)


The SWAT event immerses competitors in a high-stakes scenario requiring tactical planning and execution. Participants will respond to a simulated emergency, such as shots already fired or officer down, making critical decisions under pressure.


Traffic Stop


The Traffic Stop event is a competitive simulation that places participants in a real-world scenario of handling a misdemeanor traffic violation. Utilizing a patrol vehicle, competitors engage in a dynamic roleplay where they mimic the intricacies of a real traffic stop. They interact with a violator vehicle in a controlled environment, adhering to the standard protocols and procedures of law enforcement officer.



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Competition Rulebook

124 days ago

TPSA Members, I hope this letter finds you well and thriving. As we navigate the 2023-2024 school year and implement our new policies and procedures, there may be instances where revisions are necessary to clarify existing policies and procedures. After the successful conclusion of our first regional conference, we received valuable feedback from advisors regarding the 60-point minimum score required to advance to the State Conference. It has come to our attention that there is a gap in the scoring policy, particularly in addressing scores falling between 59.00 and 59.99 points. Following thorough discussions among the Executive Council and Board of Directors, we have reached a resolution to address this scoring policy gap. Effective immediately, the updated rulebook states that if a competitor or team scores between 59.50 and 59.99 and secures 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place at the Regional Conference, they will advance to the State Conference. However, if a competitor or team scores between 59.00 and 59.49 and places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the Regional Conference, they will not advance to the State Conference. We understand the importance of clear and transparent competition rules, and this amendment seeks to enhance the overall experience for all participants. As we move forward with the TPSA events throughout the year, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the updated rulebook to ensure a smooth and equitable competition for everyone involved. Thank you for your continued support of TPSA, and we look forward to an exciting and successful school year. Best regards, Kira Hassler Newsom Executive Director

Competitive Events Update

Competitive Events Update

258 days ago

TPSA Advisors, I hope that you have had a successful start to the 23-24 school year. I wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress our leadership team has been making in updating various aspects of our organization. One key area of our focus has been ensuring that our competitive events provide the best possible experience for our students. To demonstrate our commitment to excellence, all competitive events have been intensively reviewed. As you read through our event offerings, you will notice that some events, such as Team Fire Agility, Foot Pursuit, Job Interview, Fiber Analysis, and Crash Investigation, are no longer available. Some of these events will be back next competition season after an intensive overhaul, some have been melded into other events, and some will not return. With the sunsetting of events, it became apparent that we needed to create new events to fill the gap. We are excited to announce the addition of Parliamentary Procedure, Hair Analysis, Fire Press Conference, and Job Exhibit. In addition to updating our event offerings, all scoring rubrics have been rewritten. By updating the rubrics, we aim to align them with the most current industry standards and provide clearer guidance to participants. This will enable our students to gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge required for success in the public safety sector. I am pleased to present a new scoring system for the rubrics. Each rubric now totals 100 points. This provides a standardized measure for evaluation and comparison across various competitions. The state advancement criterion has also been revised. Starting this year, only those competitors who score at least 60 points and place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at their Regional Conference will be eligible to advance to the state-level competition. This threshold ensures that participants showcase a solid foundational understanding of the subject matter and have the necessary skills to excel further in their public safety journey. As advisors and key stakeholders, we invite you to review the updated rubrics. Your valuable input and suggestions are crucial in ensuring that the rubrics are comprehensive, fair, and effectively measure the skills and abilities of our talented participants. We welcome any feedback or revisions that you believe would enhance the rubrics' clarity, accuracy, or relevance to real-world scenarios and industry expectations. Should you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team or me via email at [email protected]. We will be more than happy to assist you. We kindly ask that any suggested revisions or comments be submitted no later than September 15th, 2023 to allow us sufficient time for thorough consideration and implementation. Your input will play a vital role in bolstering the quality of our competitions and providing an enriching experience for our students. After the posted deadline, no changes will be made to the rubrics, and the event scoring guidelines will be finalized. Thank you for your continuous support and dedication to TPSA's mission of preparing the next generation of public safety professionals. Your guidance and expertise are deeply valued, and we look forward to your contributions toward achieving excellence. Sincerely, Kira Hassler Newsom Executive Director Competitive Events for 2023-2024 Correctional Services | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Correctional Institute Design | Prepared | CPCD | Download | | Inmate Processing | Roleplay | CRIP | Download | | Cell Extraction | Roleplay | CRCE | Download | Fire Services | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Press Conference | Prepared | FPPC | Download | | First Responder | Roleplay | FRFR | Coming Soon | | Agility Course | Skills Assessment | FSAC | Download | | Search and Rescue | Skills Assessment | FSRR | Download | Forensic Science | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Crime Scene Investigation | Roleplay | SRCS | Download | | Anthropology | Skills Assessment | SSAN | Download | | Hair Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSHA | Download | | Bloodstain Pattern Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSBS | Download | | Fingerprint Collection and Analysis | Skills Assessment | SSFC | Download | Law Enforcement | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Job Exhibit | Prepared | XPJE | Download | | Building Search | Roleplay | LRBS | Download | | Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) | Roleplay | LRSW | Download | | Disturbance Call | Roleplay | LRDC | Download | | Felony Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRFT | Download | | Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRTS | Download | | 911 Call Taking | Roleplay | LRCT | Download | | DWI Traffic Stop | Roleplay | LRDI | Download | | Report Writing | Skills Assessment | LSRW | Download | | Agility Course | Skills Assessment | LSAC | Download | Legal Studies | Name | Type | Event Code | Guidelines/Scorecard | | :--------------------------------- | :---------------- | :--------- | :------------------- | | Qualifying an Expert Witness | Prepared | JPQE | Download | | Closing Argument | Prepared | JPCA | Download | | Opening Statement | Prepared | JPOS | Download | | Parliamentary Procedure | Roleplay | JRPP | Download |


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