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Cadet Program

The intent of the Cadet Program is to educate and involve youth in police operations, and to interest them in law enforcement functions, whether they enter police work or not. Through involvement, the Cadet program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service.

Cadets are given an opportunity to see firsthand the efforts of police officers. Additionally, police officers who are frequently involved with youth with criminal offenses get to experience the positive side of young America. The law enforcement community can invest in its own future through relationships with fit and capable young adults. If you would like more information, please contact the Albany Police Department at 541-917-7680.

Eligibility requirements:

Age: 16 through 20 years old. Grade point average of 2.25 in high school and/or college. Upon completion of high school, must attend college part or full-time or work part or full-time. Maintain a good moral character and clean record. Maintain an appearance and demeanor that meets the standards of the Police Department. Is a responsible citizen in the community with a good reputation. Has full approval of parent or guardian and assurance of parental support and cooperation. Possess a valid Oregon Drivers License, or be able to obtain one within two months of appointment to the post. Shall be allowed to ride with an approved officer a maximum of 36 hours each calendar month. If less than 18 years of age, shall ride on patrol no later than midnight on any night. Shall participate in public relations, security, and other events. Shall work a minimum of five hours of administrative time, (filing, citation entry, dispatch, etc.) depending on their assignment.

For more information call 541-917-7680.

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program is a group of ordinary citizens dedicated to exemplary community service and public awareness that builds trust, creates a safe environment, and enhances the quality of life in our community within “Excellence Through Service”.

Minimum Volunteer Requirements

The applicant must be at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. Citizen and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license. 

The Application

The candidate must complete an application. Resumes can be attached to the completed application, but will not be a substitute for the original application. These documents must be forwarded to the Volunteer Coordinator at 1117 Jackson St. SE, Albany, OR 97322. Additional information will be required once initial screening process is complete.

Application Review

The Volunteer Coordinator and the Unit Lieutenant will review the application and schedule an interview.


The interview will be conducted as an oral board with several members of the Albany Police Department.

Background Check

The background investigation is a critical portion of the process. The department, because of the sensitive nature of the information you are exposed to, will thoroughly review the following: criminal history, driving history, credit history, references, etc.

If accepted, the APD Volunteer Program includes: 

  • Uniform
  • Training
  • Support Officers
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Citizen’s Academy
  • Crime Prevention Programs