What Do Explorers Do?
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office established Explorer Post 816 in 1987 to encourage a more positive relationship between law enforcement and the youth of the community, and to provide interested young people with a means to determine if their participation in the Explorer program could lead to a future in law enforcement.
The program emphasizes ethics, personal integrity and respect. Through the program, Explorers develop self-confidence, the ability to make positive decisions and the qualities needed for leadership.
Our Explorer Post is supervised by the community service deputies and is structured to reflect the agency’s chain of command. Explorers participate in training exercises and scenarios similar to the deputies’ in-service training and earn rank in a promotional process that includes tests and oral interviews.
Explorers assist deputies at parades, Sheriff’s Office and community events, crime prevention activities, and crime watch meetings. They work parking details, supervise children’s activities, assist with fingerprinting at events, and provide administrative assistance to the Sheriff’s Office. In aiding the Sheriff’s Office with events, Explorers earn community service/volunteer hours that can be applied to scholarships and college applications.
What Are The Training Opportunities For Explorers?
Most training takes place during regular meetings at the Sheriff’s Office. Occasionally, Explorers train at off-site locations.