Cadet Program

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 21, who have an interest in law enforcement. Our Cadet Program provides an opportunity to get first-hand experience to develop skills and knowledge necessary to prepare the cadets for full-time employment, hopefully with LCSO! Although being a Cadet is not a pre-requisite to becoming a Deputy Sheriff, we want to offer you every opportunity to gain experience and be successful in your career.

We have a limited number of spots available. If you are not selected for this process, we encourage you to consider applying the next time we recruit for these positions.

You must meet the eligibility requirements below.
Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a US Citizen
Must be between 18 and 21 years of age
Must possess a high-school diploma or be enrolled in a high school or GED program.

Cadets will:
• Receive training in law enforcement tactics, legal issues, use of force, corrections, and patrol operations
• Be exposed to the various differences between a Sheriff’s Office and their municipal, state, or federal police counterparts
• Attend community events and assist deputies present at them
• Participate in Law Enforcement Ride-alongs
• Be mentored and better prepared for a future career with the Sheriff’s Office
• Be mentored regarding the culture of service expected from Sheriff’s Office members
• Receive opportunities to work with many of the special teams and assignments offered by the Sheriff’s Office (Dunes Patrol, Marine Patrol, Special Response Team, Forest Patrol, etc.)

The recruiting process for the cadet program is open at this time.   Please apply at

If you are interested in the Cadet program, but not yet 18, you can get on our mailing list for future recruiting process notification.  Please send your name, address, phone contact, and date of birth to and we will contact you for the next process.