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Cadet Salzsieder

"In my experience, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge of the entire criminal justice system. These are things that can't be taught from a book."
- Cadet Salzsieder

Cadet Pratt

"In the Cadets Program you receive a great background in the criminal justice system."
- Cadet Pratt

Take the first step toward a professional career in law enforcement.

About the Cadet Program

The Clark County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program is dedicated to providing a rewarding work and educational experience for the individual wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement. The Cadet Program allows college students the opportunity to receive paid on-the-job training in non-enforcement activities. 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 chosen career!

What does a Cadet do?

Cadets can hold positions in several different units of the Sheriff's Office.

  • The reception desk issues Concealed Pistol Licenses, performs fingerprinting for the public, coordinates jail visiting and involves public contact.
  • The Civil Unit serves civil papers such as eviction notices and restraining orders and allows the Cadet to become familiar with the County.
  • A Property Evidence Cadet assists with the logistics distribution and operational needs of the unit.
  • Unit rotation is based on seniority and the needs of the agency.
  • Cadets may also participate in "Ride-a-longs" with a Deputy Sheriff.

Who are we seeking?

Applicants for the Cadet Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a minimum of 18 years old at time of application.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have a valid GED certificate.
  3. Be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  4. Declare and maintain a major in a criminal justice or related field.
  5. Maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours.
  6. Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  7. Maintain a valid driver's license.
  8. Not have been convicted of a felony.  Repetitive misdemeanors and/or traffic offenses may also be disqualifying.
  9. Pass a multi-phase examination consisting of written test, oral board, background investigation, and polygraph.
  10. Be able to type 30 words per minute.
  11. Provide a letter of recommendation.

Length of Service

The maximum length of continuous service a Cadet can serve with the Sheriff's Office is 4.5 years, or three months after graduation from a two year or four year institution of higher learning.


  • Pay starting at $12.69 per hour
  • Scheduled approximately 20 hours per week
  • Flexible with class schedule
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • 10 hours accrued leave per month
  • Uniform supplied by the County


For more information call (360) 397-2211 and ask for the Cadet Coordinator.

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Clark County Sheriff's Office:
Street Address: 707 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 410, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2211
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mails are monitored: Mon-Fri 8-4 p.m.

Responsible Elected Official: Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins

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