Sheriff's Office

Cadet Program

Four cadets stand in front of the Michigan Sheriff's sheild and smile at the camera

The Kent County Police Cadet Program was established in 1973. The program is a great entry-level position for those interested in a career in law enforcement or corrections. It allows students to gain valuable experience and insight into the Sheriff's Office role within the criminal justice community.

Cadets are paid, part-time employees. The pay rate is $15.00/hour with set annual increases. Cadets can also apply for a yearly academic scholarship worth up to $2,500.

Cadets are responsible for various duties within the Sheriff's Office, Correctional Facility, Courthouse, other county buildings. Assignments may include assisting with gun registries, walk-in report taking, property management, vehicle impound management, inmate visitation, jail central control, assisting with public events, and more.

Cadets are uniformed but non-sworn employees. Positions offer opportunities for road patrol ride-alongs.

An applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college to be eligible. Work schedules are tailored around the student's class schedule and may include up to 28 hours a week.

County Police Cadet employment opportunities will be posted in the Employment Opportunities section of accessKent .

For more information, contact Sgt. Tonya Walkons at or call (616) 632-6170.