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Student Leadership

As we approach the close of the 2023-2024 school year, we are thrilled to announce a new format for electing our Student Board Members for the 2024-2025 school year.

Student Board

The student board is comprised of representatives from regions across the state.

The purpose of the TPSA State student board is to carry out TPSA's Mission Statement. To allow students to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out region-wide service projects (spring), giving student input on all TPSA matters, helping the Executive Council carry out their duties (assisting with newsletters, social media, etc.), and assisting/support the regional representative at region and state competitions; and course any other various requirements as we move forward with the year.

What will you do?

  • You will attend monthly virtual video meetings (can only miss one) to discuss any business items arising from the Executive Council meetings.
  • Attend & Help your region at the regional competition (organize the events, help when needed, take pictures, etc.)
  • Attend & Help at the state competition (setting up, facilitating groups/meetings, etc.) – Be there early at State; the first half day.
  • Develop and facilitate a region-wide service project for ALL CTSOs to be a part of


  • Your regional and state competition fee will be waived
  • Your school's CTSO will pay for hotel room and meal expenses; TPSA will not cover hotel/meal/travel expenses to Regional/State conferences
  • A meal provided to you at the state conference (courtesy of TPSA)


As we approach the close of the 2023-2024 school year, we are thrilled to announce a new format for electing our Student Board Members. Student Board officer Positions and descriptions


To be placed on the ballot for elections, interested students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit the online application by 04/14/2024 (11:59 pm) which includes:
    • Student Good Standing Verification Form
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
    • Two letters of recommendation:
      • One from your Criminal Justice or Forensic Science Teacher
      • One from another influential adult (21 years or older) in your life
    • A 1-2 minute campaign video addressing specific prompts. Your video campaign should cover the following points:
      • Introduction: Tell us who you are.
      • Reason for Running: Share what position you are running for and why you are seeking the position.
      • Vision for TPSA: Explain how TPSA will benefit from your leadership.
      • Involvement: Detail your history with TPSA and your contributions.
      • Plans for Improvement: Outline what you intend to do to enhance TPSA.
  2. State Conference Campaign Requirements:
    • Create a standard-size tri-fold presentation board. The tri-fold should be creative and engaging. This is a visual representation of you. The tri-fold must include
      • A headshot (at least 5” X 7”) image
      • Region Number
      • School Name
      • Position you are running for (President, Vice President, Secretary, Public Information Officer, Treasurer, Leadership Conference Coordinator, Regional Conference Coordinator, State Conference Coordinator)
      • Professional Biography Statement
      • Other images demonstrating your involvement within your local organization and TPSA.
    • Set up presentation materials on Monday, March 25th between 3- 4 pm at the student board booth outside the banquet hall at the Marriott. Be available at the booth from 4:00 pm-5:15 pm and immediately after opening ceremonies until 7:00 pm to promote your campaign to student members as they enter and leave the banquet hall.
    • Deliver a speech during the Student Social on Monday. Your speech should include the following and be kept under 3 minutes:
      • Introduction
      • Describe what position you are running for.
      • Explain why you're running for a board member position.
      • Detailing your vision for improving TPSA.
    • Circulate the room during the social to introduce yourself and encourage student members to vote for you during the online election.

Please note that by applying for this position, you commit to attending monthly virtual meetings and fulfilling all duties assigned to your position. This is a unique chance for you to leave a lasting impact on TPSA and develop valuable leadership skills. We encourage all interested students to seize this opportunity and submit their applications by April 14, 2024 (11:59 pm).

Interested students must apply here: Student Board Member Application Form

Thank you for your interest in serving as a StudentBoard Member for TPSA. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please don't hesitate to contact Caleb Davis via email at [email protected].

Latest News

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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