Mission: To help youth leaders become familiar with the law enforcement profession, responsibility, teamwork and leadership skills.
We are very proud of the Cadet Unit which is a great asset and resource to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. This Unit is comprised of youth, ages 14 1/2 to 21. The members are selected after completing a written test, an oral interview process and a thorough background investigation. Cadets must successfully complete the Sheriff's Office Cadet Academy, which are full day trainings on Saturdays, from January through March. Cadets must commit a minimum of twenty (20) hours per month to the program and attend monthly meetings.
Our volunteer Cadets are involved in many community activities and events. The program provides a valuable link between the public, our youth and the Sheriff's Office.
Traffic control at various events.
Security at various events.
Crime prevention presentations.
Assist deputies on ride-alongs.
Compete at Law Enforcement Challenge
Assist with prevention education to peers.
Crime scene security.
Minimum Age: 14 1/2 up to age 21.
Minimum Requirements: Obtain drivers license within six months of turning 16 or becoming a Cadet; must have clean/excellent driving record; free from drug/alcohol use; not participate in criminal activities.
Probation Period: 6 months.
Required Training: Completion of Cadet Academy; Monthly training.
Education/Employment: Cadets MUST be enrolled in school and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA:
1) Cadets must be enrolled in middle or high school; or
2) Cadets that have graduated from high school must be enrolled in college or employed full time, or a combination thereof. If enrolled in college, cadets must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Required Equipment: All required equipment, except for black boots, will be provided, to include uniform shirt, pants and jacket; access to internet for email is also required.
Additional Information: To maintain membership in the Cadet program, members must commit twenty (20) hours a month to the program. The Cadet Unit is a team environment. Applicants must have a positive attitude and be willing to learn. Cadets do not carry weapons. At times they may be directed to issue citations to the public under direct supervision.
NOTE: Applicants are required to pass a police background check. Applicants may also be required to pass a police driving record check.
Read and complete the
Application Packet and mail to Marion County Sheriff's Office * Attn: Cadet Unit * PO Box 14500, Salem OR 97309 or drop off at Marion County Courthouse - Basement, 100 High Street NE, Salem OR.
For more information:
Deputy Elsa Navarro
Sergeant Jason Hickam
Volunteer Coordinator Dale Bradley