by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Clackamas County Sheriffs Office cadets and their awards at a Las Vegas competition for cadets from around the country.Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cadets recently earned the respect of their peers, as they travelled to a national competition called Explorer Conference "Ex-Con" in Las Vegas. At the heart of the event is a competition that attracts police cadet and explorer programs from all over the nation.

Cadets compete in various events that simulate situations law enforcement officers deal with on a daily basis and situations officers deal with only in extreme circumstances. The events range from traffic stops to active shooter scenarios. The events are supervised and critiqued by fulltime law enforcement officers who are often experts in that particular discipline.

Clackamas County Cadets have attended and been successful at this competition over the last several years, and this year was no different.

CCSO cadets came away with first place in Officer Down, Air Soft Shooting and the Obstacle Course (male). Second place awards were earned in Subject Stops and fourth place finishes in Police Bicycle Patrol and Obstacle Course (female).

Clackamas County is already known around the state for having one of the best cadet programs and the program is quickly gaining recognition around the country for its continual success at these types of competitions.

The cadet program at Clackamas County is a volunteer program for people between 15-21 years-of-age who are interested in careers in law enforcement. Cadets participate in ride-alongs with deputies, help with events around Clackamas County, perform community service and train for events like this.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Clackamas County Cadet Program we invite you to visit the CCSO website. Information can be found at

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