Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 983 is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and adheres to the principles set forth by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer programs across the nation. The Explorers are also members of the Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association (FSEA), a state organization that meets four times a year throughout Florida. During the state conferences, Explorers work on State Projects, compete in Firearm Competitions, attend seminars and training and also have fun!
Explorers also attend the National Law Enforcement Conference presented by the Boy Scouts of America and Federal Law Enforcement Agency. Explorers meet in different states and compete in training events such as traffic stops, hostage negotiation training, search techniques, proper procedures for arrest, etc.
What are the benefits of being an Explorer?
- Becoming an Explorer opens up opportunities to meet new friends, make a difference in your community, obtain law enforcement experience, and career opportunities.
- As an Explorer, you will gain leadership qualities, responsibility, maintain integrity and pride, as well as self discipline and motivation.
What does an Explorer do?
- The aim of the Explorer Post is to explore law enforcement as a possible career choice, develop leadership skills, and to provide service to the community.
- Community Service
- Directing traffic and assist parking at community functions.
- Assist in registration, checkpoints, and crowd Control during charitable events.
- Assist deputies at high school and college sporting events.
- Assist with security at Regional B.S.A. Camporees.
- Assist with programs such as Print-A-Kid and other related functions.
- Explorers are required to attend the Sheriff’s Explorer Academy.
- Quarterly state-wide training seminars.
- Ride-Along Program within the Patrol Division.
- Various classroom and field training exercises.
How do I become an Explorer?
To become an Explorer you must meet certain requirements.
- Must be at least 14 years of age and in the eighth grade.
- Cannot have reached your 21st birthday.
- Must be in good physical condition.
- Must be enrolled in school and maintain a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- Must complete the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office background check.
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from your school.
- Must be a current resident of Alachua County.
Not old enough yet? The Explorer Club is an option.
- Concentration on recruiting middle school students, 7th and 8th graders.
- 6th graders will be recommended by their School Resource Deputy.
- Club members will participate with Explorer Post members and follow all the same rules of the Explorer Post.
Interested in becoming an Explorer?
Becoming an Explorer opens up opportunities to meet new friends, make a difference in your community, obtain law enforcement experience, and career opportunities.
As an Explorer, you will gain leadership qualities, responsibility, maintain integrity and pride, as well as self discipline and motivation.
Support the Alachua County Sheriff’s Explorers
Interested in supporting the Alachua County Sheriff’s Explorers Program?
Purchase a “No Trespassing” sign from our “No Trespassing Sign Program.”
Each sign costs $20.00.
Proceeds benefit Explorer Post #983.
Contact (352) 367-4099 for more information.