Youth Cadets

cadetsThe goal of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is to foster respect for law and order in the youth of today and it offers insight into a career path of law enforcement. This program allows young men and women in high school a firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing deputies and the responsibility and compassion required in that role.

The Cadet Program affords experience and practical application for the various jobs and fields available at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office or other agencies. Because of this experience, numerous members of the Cadet Program have gone on to full-time employment as deputy sheriffs, corrections deputies and communications personnel.

  • The Sheriff's Cadet Corps is open to students between the ages of 14 (in the Ninth Gradeand 18 who are interested in law enforcement.
  • Meetings are every Monday between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Squad meetings are from 6:30-7:00 p.m. Training and the Business meeting is from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Training sessions are held in the Criminal Justice Center, 2071 Ringling Blvd., 6th Floor, Courtroom 2. This is called "The Academy" designed to familiarize the Cadet with procedures used in the office and out in the field.
  • Students are involved in a variety of programs and projects in the community and around the State. Participants will work with deputies and learn traffic control, communications (9-1-1), how laws are made and enforced, CPR and other related areas.
  • Participants must pass an oral board, a background check and must have at least a “C" average in school prior to their application being submitted.
  • The cost of the program is $20.00 which includes registration and secondary insurance. Cadets pay $1.00 a week dues and uniforms are provided by the Sheriff's Office after a 90-day probation period.
The Junior Cadet Program joins the Senior Cadets beginning in February through the end of the school year. It is made up of graduating 8th grade students who are interested in law enforcement. The Junior Cadet Program is $10.00 for registration (No Uniforms).

For additional information, please contact Deputy DeWayne Hill at 941.474.3118 or