“Supporting Our Youth: Proud Founders of the Florida Sheriffs Explorers Association”
For years, our Sheriffs' Offices have faced the challenge of recruiting talented individuals to serve and protect our state. The Law Enforcement Explorer Program, started as a division of the Boy Scouts of America, was established in the 1960s as a way to attract young motivated individuals with an interest for a career in law enforcement. Through Sheriffs Explorer programs, young adults ages 14 to 21 can be associated with a Sheriff’s Office, train and learn about the profession to determine if it’s the right career track for them.
In March of 1979, 15 Explorer Posts met in Tampa to organize their own professional association. Sheriffs provided funding and sponsored their first convention held in May of the same year and helped them to become a 501c(3) in 1981. The Florida Sheriff's Explorers Association continues today, meeting quarterly to train, network and meet their fellow explorers from other posts around the state.
Through the FSEA, Explorers receive training in the basics of law enforcement including, traffic control, report writing and radio procedures. Explorers are also given the opportunity to assist officers in controlled settings, such as parades or athletic events. Many posts teach their explorers about firearm safety and marksmanship. The explorer program is mutually beneficial experience, as many officers will learn from their explorers. If you or someone you know is interested in joining an explorer post, please contact your local Sheriff's office or the Florida Sheriff's Explorers Association to find the closest explorer post.
Sheriffs' Offices: See a flyer promoting the program (PDF)