Explorer Programs


Law Enforcement Explorer Posts

 

What is the Explorer Program?


The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post is a group of young men and women interested in exploring a career in law enforcement. Explorers get a combination of classroom trainings and hands on experience that teaches them about the rigorous and challenging field of law enforcement.  The contract cities of Sonoma and Windsor also maintain Law Enforcement Explorer Posts.

 

Explorers is a program sponsored by both the Sheriff’s Office and the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program. It is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21, who have completed the 8th grade. Meetings are held at the Sheriff’s Office (located at 2796 Ventura Avenue in Santa Rosa) and at off site locations.  The Sonoma and Windsor Police Department Explorer Posts hold their meetings at their respective Police Departments.

Opportunities Offered
Explorers receive instruction in the following areas:

  • Laws of Arrest
  • Arrest Techniques
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Firearms
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Fingerprinting
  • Traffic Control
  • Using Two-Way Radios
  • Report Writing

 

Explorers are required to attend all regularly scheduled meetings. This may include assisting in Sheriff’s Office sponsored activities, community events and parades. Additionally, Explorers participate in the Sheriff’s Office ride-along program.


Explorers take part in local and regional trainings and competitions with other explorer posts. Each Explorer is required to attend a one time, nine day Explorer Academy sponsored by the Sonoma County Explorer Advisors Association. This academy is held on Sundays at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center in Windsor.

 

Qualifications
Applicants to the program must pass a mandatory background investigation.
Requirements for entry include:

  • Maintain a minimum ‘C’ grade average in school
  • Have a history of good conduct
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Pass an oral board interview
  • Have a history of good school attendance
  • No felony arrests
  • Good driving history if licensed
  • Fingerprinting

 

Applicants are not required to have any related experience prior to becoming an Explorer.
To join we need:

  • Completed application

 

Commitment to the post and community are a fundamental value held by our Explorers. The work is rewarding and fun. Many Explorers have become fulltime law enforcement officers.

How to Join

For more information about the application process or for any general questions, please contact one of the following advisors:


Sheriff's Main Office (Santa Rosa Area):
Deputy Brandon Jones Bjones@sonoma-county.org
Deputy Casey Mclaughlin Cmclaugh@sonoma-county.org
Deputy Mike Peters mpeters@sonoma-county.org


Windsor Police Department
Deputy Chris Haas Chaas@sonoma-county.org


Sonoma Police Department
Deputy Casey McLaughlin Cmclaugh@sonoma-county.org
Deputy Mike Peters mpeters@sonoma-county.org


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