The Sheriff's Office will institute a youth leadership development initiative at a nominal cost that wil focus on Law Enforcement Exploring which is a program open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who have an interest in learning more about careers in the field of law enforcement. This program provides educational training for young adults on the history, mission, and objectives of law enforcement while making available career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.
The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens in their communities. There are currently over 33,000 participants across the country in posts sponsored by over 2,500 Federal, State, and Local law enforcement agencies and the U. S. Military Services under the guidance of Learning for Life, a non-profit organization.
The Youth participants in this program reflect a high degree of diversity with approximately 40% minority and female representation. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the America Society of Industrial Security endorse this program.
Typical types of patrol operations, calls for services and other law enforcement assistance that trained Law Enforcement Explorers can provide with relatively minimal risk include, but are not limited to: