The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program was created in 2013. In 2018, Sheriff Chip Simmons, in his role of Chief Deputy at the time, revamped the program lowering the applicant age to 18. This allowed Cadets to work and train at the ECSO to gain a more hands on approach to law enforcement before they can join the force at the age of 21.
Deputy Hayden Griffith is the first Cadet to graduate the newly remodeled program and join the ECSO as a Deputy Sheriff. He graduated from the George Stone Academy in June of 2020 then entered the ECSO Field Training program. On January 4th, 2021 Deputy Griffith started his patrol shift at Precinct 4 in the Ensley community.
“It has always been a dream of mine to become law enforcement. I’m very thankful for the opportunity the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has given me and I’m excited to start my career.” – Deputy Griffith
“We saw an opportunity to target our youth for a career in law enforcement. Expanding this program allowed those younger adults who may be interested in this field of work get real experience. It is not only a benefit to the sheriff’s office, but our community as well.” – Sheriff Chip Simmons