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

About the Cadet Program

The Clark County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program provides a rewarding work and educational experience for the individual wishing to pursue a career in law enforcement. The Cadet Program gives hands on training in non-enforcement duties while working alongside members of the Enforcement, Corrections and Support Branches.  Although being a Cadet is not a pre-requisite to becoming a Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Deputy or Support Specialist, 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.  Unit rotation is based on seniority and the needs of the agency.  Cadets may also participate in "Ride-a-longs" with a Deputy Sheriff.

Reception Cadets are the main point of contact for the public that comes in for non-enforcement assistance.  Cadets in this unit assist with the issuance of concealed pistol licenses, perform fingerprinting for the public, coordinate professional visitation between attorney and inmates, and assist members of the public with various concerns related to custody of inmates, and the restoration of firearm rights among many other things.

Property Cadets assist with the logistics distribution and operational needs of the unit.  Logistics responsibilities include distribution of uniforms, equipment and ammunition.  Evidence responsibilities include receiving jail property and setting up appointments for evidence releases.

Who are we seeking?

Applicants for the Cadet Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old at time of application.
  • Be a high school graduate or have a valid GED certificate.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Maintain a minimum of 9 credit hours.
  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA.
  • Maintain a valid driver license.
  • Applicants must pass a multi-phase application process consisting of an oral board interview, a thorough background investigation, drug screen and a polygraph examination.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony. Repetitive misdemeanors and/or traffic offenses may also be disqualifying.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a professor, academic advisor, principal or criminal justice coordinator.

Length of Service

The maximum length of continuous service a Cadet can serve with the Sheriff's Office is 4 ½ years, or three months after graduation from a two year or four year institution of higher learning.


  • Pay starting at $16.59 per hour
  • Scheduled approximately 20-30 hours per week
  • Very flexible with class schedule
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Sick Time
  • Acquire PDO (paid days off) at a full-time rate while working part time
  • Opportunity to create professional contacts
  • Uniform supplied by the County


For more information call 564.397.4418 and ask for the Cadet Coordinator.