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Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' (LECS) Program

The LECS program is a 21st century solution that partners local and state law enforcement agencies in California and their neighboring communities. The LECS program is expressly designed to eliminate challenges and barriers that face women and men seeking opportunities in law enforcement.

The LECS program is fashioned to increase higher education and graduation rates, as well as and career placement while creating greater inclusion in recruitment and hiring within law enforcement. The LECS program also addresses leadership and policy issues and community relations concerns locally and throughout the state and the nation.


LECS Info Sessions Spring 2024: Feb 27, 29. March 12. April 8, 10, 17

Sac State Paving the Way for a New Generation of Law Enforcement Officers

State funds to boost University's groundbreaking LECS program

October 27, 2021 - LECS Anniversary

October 27, 2021 - Sac State Professor Recognized for Scholars-to-Officers Program

August 4, 2021 - Director's Statement

June 6, 2020 - What Future Officers Can Do to Support Equity

May 31, 2020 - Commitment to Social Justice

Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' Program

California State University, Sacramento
Division of Criminal Justice
6000 J Street
Alpine Hall 112, MS 6085
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-5157 |

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Welcome to the LECS Program

Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' (LECS) Program


The LECS program is an exciting opportunity for Sacramento State students who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The program partners with the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff Department, Elk Grove Police Department, and the Sacramento State Police Department, to help create pathways to paid law enforcement positions within the community. In addition, we will be affording the opportunity to students who desire to work for other agencies throughout the state of California if they wish to participate in the LECS program. The LECS program is also supported by Associated Students, Inc., Instructionally Related Activities and other resources.

How to Apply


  • Open to full time Sacramento State undergraduate students from any major (freshmen over 18 years of age, sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome)
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (by the time of entering sworn academy)
  • Must pass the LECS application screening process and meet the minimum requirements for California Peace Officer certification
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must pass LECS program and sponsoring agency interview process
  • Requires at least a two semester commitment starting in the fall

Note: We are also accepting a LIMITED number of exceptional graduating seniors with only two semesters left who strongly desire and meet the criteria to be a law enforcement cadet.


The application link below includes multiple survey questions and three short answer essay questions. The application also requires candidates to upload an unofficial copy of all college transcripts with the application below.

Law enforcement agencies will conduct an extensive background investigation for all candidates. Please answer the questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge. The application will take approximately thirty minutes to one hour to complete.

Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program Application

Application Helpful Hints:

  • Please limit your essay question answers to 400 words maximum each question.
  • It is highly recommended that you type a draft in a word processing program (e.g. Microsoft Word) and then copy and paste the text into the online form.
  • Make sure to save your application as you are completing it if you need to come back and complete information. (The application uses cookies to save a respondent’s progress, it will only work as long as the respondent returns to the survey on the same internet browser on the same computer to finish the survey).