Cadet Unit


The Oakland County Sheriff's Office Cadet Unit is comprised of aspiring young adults ranging in age from 16 to 21 years old. Sheriff Cadets are taught the fundamentals of law enforcement and experience hands-on training.

Some material and topics you learn:

  • Basic handcuffing and search techniques
  • Subject control tactics
  • Standard and felony traffic stops
  • Domestic violence response
  • Criminal Law
  • Residential and commercial building searches and clearing techniques
  • Drug and weapon recognition and retention
  • Community policing
  • Corrective services

Oakland County Sheriff Cadets are responsible for participating in volunteer work and training details such as parades, child fingerprinting programs, and any other event deemed necessary by The Sheriff.

The Oakland County Sheriff Cadet Unit also offers a Deputy Shadow Program for qualified Cadets within the Unit. This gives Cadets a one-on-one experience with different law enforcement professionals and special units within the Sheriff's Office that may cater toward future interests of the Cadets.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office Cadet Unit provides top tier learning opportunities and experiences while creating lasting relationships with active law enforcement professionals. 


For general questions and recruitment contact Ryan Tottingham at: or 248.858.2102

Send completed applications to:

Commanding Officer:  Sgt. M. Ritchie:

Click here for a description of the Cadet position.