You Can Make a Difference as a County of Orange Volunteer . . .
Youth Explorer Programs
Help Serve the Community and Gain
Skills in the Field of Law Enforcement
Become a Member of Explorer Post #449
The Orange County Sheriff Explorer
Program is a volunteer organization that helps instill
the qualities of pride, self-esteem and honor into
young men and women interested in the field of
law enforcement. Explorer Post #449 was created
in January 1959 as the first law enforcement Exploring
program in the nation.
Through Exploring, young
people develop leadership skills and participate
in a variety of activities that assist Sheriff Deputies
and help serve the community.
Applicants for the Sheriff Explorer Program must be between
14½ and 20 years of age and in good physical condition.
They are required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be in
good standing with school administrators. They may not
have any serious arrests or convictions, and cannot be
on Probation when accepted into the program.
Explorers attend weekly meetings
held throughout Orange County and donate a minimum
of five service hours per month. Explorers receive
training in drill, report writing, patrol procedures,
finger printing, crowd control, traffic control,
accident investigation, form completion, building
searches, bomb threats, felony car stops and criminal
law. They attend a weeklong law enforcement academy
that includes classroom instruction and rigorous
physical training. The academy prepares Explorers
for participation in the Sheriff's ride-a-long program.