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Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' (LECS) Program

About LECS

LECS Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' Program Sacramento State: Leadership Education Diversity Commitment Innovatio

Welcome to LECS Video

Sacramento Police Sacramento State and California Highway Patrol partners

LECS Mission Statement

Sacramento State's LECS program is a partnership program that works directly with local and state law enforcement to:

  • provide academic, career, and leadership development
  • prepare and transform students to become sworn law enforcement officers in Sacramento and throughout California
  • build bridges with the community

LECS Goals

The LECS program objectives include:

  • enhancing student learning and success
  • producing career-ready law enforcement candidates
  • assisting local and state law enforcement agencies with recruiting and hiring qualified personnel who mirror the population
  • committing to community engagement that strengthens and enriches the region

LECS Vision

The LECS program will be a recognized leader in: 

  • Education
  • Diversity
  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Leadership 

From Scholars to Officers 

  • The LECS program provides a pathway and training for Sacramento State undergraduate students who are interested in careers in law enforcement, with the ultimate goal of hiring LECS graduates as law enforcement cadets and eventually sworn peace officers. The LECS program includes training, preparatory workshops and other activities in collaboration with law enforcement agency partners and community organizations to assist students to enter a law enforcement academy and succeed in careers as law enforcement officers. 
  • The LECS program desires scholars who present themselves in a professional manner while maintaining and demonstrating high social, ethical and academic standards. Moreover, the LECS program seeks enthusiastic participants who are self-driven and motivated in and outside of the classroom and ready to dedicate themselves to a noble career in local, state or federal law enforcement and to be change agents in their communities. 
  • Students who successfully complete the LECS program and get approval of partnering law enforcement agencies, subject to availability of open positions, will be offered a position as a paid Law Enforcement Cadet in a POST-certified law enforcement academy upon graduation.  LECS Roadmap

More information on eligibility requirements can be found on the Apply to LECS page.