SAR Veterans Day 2015

First and foremost a life saving unit, Search and Rescue (SAR) has evolved into much more. It is the premier mentoring program in Linn County, serving countless teens in its more than 30 years of operation. The youth of SAR work shoulder to shoulder with the deputies of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. In fact, all of the adult leaders of SAR are full time Linn County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Search and Rescue Training Academy

Since records have been kept, beginning in 1990, the young men and women of Linn County Sheriff’s SAR have dedicated over 100,000 man hours to the citizens of Linn County. Alumni of our program have gone into careers in law enforcement, computer programming, architecture, business, nuclear physics, and have become members of the armed forces.


Linn County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is an all-volunteer program with staff supervision and leadership. We are extremely proud of the young people in our program. They are the future of our communities.

Join the LCSO SAR Team

Interested in volunteering?

  1. Review the eligibility requirements and make sure you qualify.
  2. Fill out our online application.

Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the Search and Rescue Training Academy held in June. Attendance and successful completion of the Academy is required for Post membership. If you successfully complete the Academy, you will be sworn in as an active member of the Linn County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Post.

The Search and Rescue Post Advisors, SSgt. Ken Stewart or SSgt. Joe Larsen, can answer any questions you may have. Please call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541-812-2272) and leave a message for the Search and Rescue Post Advisor to call you, and one of them will return your call.