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What is the Cadet Program?
The Stafford Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is designed specifically for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20, who may be interested in a career in law enforcement.

Since 1973, the Stafford Sheriff’s Office has offered young men and women an opportunity to experience law enforcement first hand through its Cadet Program. Lead by Sheriff’s Deputies, the program allows youth to train and work in a wide range of law enforcement procedures.

The goal of the program is to help interested individuals cultivate a better understanding of the profession and enable them to make an informed decision about pursuing a law enforcement career.

What is the purpose of the Cadet Program?
The objective of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is to assist young adults interested in a law enforcement career.

The program is designed to help build character, train for civic responsibilities, and educate and help prepare the participants for a career in law enforcement.

In assisting young people with their goals, we create a better community and law enforcement relationship, as well as a better understanding between our youth and the community.



What type of activity does the Cadet Program offer?  


Cadets receive training in a wide range of law enforcement procedures such as traffic control, crowd control, crime prevention, investigative techniques, and court procedures.
Cadets learn about career opportunities in law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels.
Cadets will be involved in civic events, crime prevention displays, traffic control, and personnel in the Sheriff’s Office with a variety of non-enforcement related tasks.
Upon completion of a training period, qualified Cadets may ride on patrol with deputies and observe law enforcement work first hand!


What are the membership requirements?

Age From ages 14 to 20 years old
Citizenship Must be a United States citizen and a Stafford County resident
Education Must currently be registered in and attending high school.  Must maintain a passing "C" grade average in academic studies.  Cadets may continue to participate in the program after graduation from high school if enrolled in a college.
Background Check Applicants must pass a background investigation and an interview conducted by a Cadet panel.

If you are interested in becoming a Sheriff’s Office Cadet, please complete an application and return to the Professional Standards Unit (hand deliver or postal mail).

The Cadet Program is currently full. Please check back at a later date.

You may submit an application by mailing the form to:

If you have any questions or would like more information, contact the Professional Standards Unit at (540) 658-4470. 

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