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.

There are many upcoming events, which you will be required to attend in conjunction with your application for membership with the Search and Rescue Post.  Below you will find the events description, and the date it is taking place.  Equipment required for participation in the event is also listed.

2022 RECRUIT MEETINGS:  Only need to attend “one” of the first three meetings.

Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm

Monday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Monday, May 9 at 7:00 pm

Monday, June 6 at 7:00 pm  (Mandatory for those accepted to the program)

Monday June 13 at 7:00 pm (Mandatory for those accepted to the program)


PHYSICAL APTITUDE TEST (Must attend at least one)

Depart the Sheriff’s Office promptly at 0800 hours.  Return at approximately 1200 hours. Equipment:  Recruits will need to wear clothes for the weather and comfortable boots (bring a water bottle).  Lunch is provided.

Saturday May 14        8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday May 21        8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Saturday May 28        8:00 am to 12:00 pm


2022 Search and Rescue Training Academy Dates:

June 17 through June 27


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, Lieutenant Ken Stewart or Lieutenant 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.