Orange County Sheriff's Office
Support Services Division, Explorer Unit
Coordinator DFC Jim Cole
The Orange County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program is designed for young people interested in a career in law enforcement. The program provides the opportunity for its participants to learn about the many and fascinating aspects of the criminal justice system. Our goal is to broaden one's outlook and understanding of the real world of police work and provide a sound foundation for those who wish to pursue a career in the exciting and rewarding realm of law enforcement.
Real World Training
As a member of Explorer Post 61 you will have the opportunity to learn every aspect of law enforcement from the inside.
- - Patrol Procedures
- - Traffic Stops
- - Arrest Techniques
- - Crime Scene Investigation
- - Firearms Safety
- - Traffic Control
- - Search and Seizure
- - Courtroom Testifying
- - Hostage Negotiation
- - Crime Prevention
- - First Aid
- - Accident Prevention
- - Fingerprinting
Members of the post will have opportunities to receive training from members in law enforcement, attend boot camp, participate in scenario and pistol competitions at the state and national levels and assist with many community service projects.
During 2011, the Explorer Post participated in numerous Explorer events; including Kicks for Guns, SWAT Round-Up, Shop With-ACop, SEAT Fundraiser, United Way Kick-Off, the Policeman’s Ball and the Law Enforcement Memorial. They also assisted in community service details working with Good Shepherd Church “Mardi Gras” Festival, Children’s Safety Village “Trunk or Treat” event and Radio Control Helicopter Blowout. The Explorer Honor Guard participated in the opening and closing ceremony of the Civilian Police Academy and the opening ceremony of the NASCAR PRI Trade Show at the Convention Center.
Explorer Post 61 donated 1,650 hours to the Sheriff’s Office and the community. Post 61 participated in competitions throughout the State of Florida and earned first place awards in shooting and physical agility. The Unit is geared to mentor teens from age 14 through 21 years of age. The Junior Cadet Unit is comprised of middle school students between the ages of 12 to 14. The Explorer Program is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America.
Prospective applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. Applicants must be of good moral character and must provide a letter of recommendation from a School Resource Officer to be considered for the program. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a scholastic institution, in at least the ninth grade, and maintaining a C average.
Too young for the explorer program?
Our Junior Cadet program is just right for you. This program is for middle school students between the ages of 12 and 14. Participants must be of sound moral character and have at least a C average in school. You will get to participate in the very same activities as your older counterparts with the exception of firearms training or other high liability activities.
Click here to start the application process.