Explorer Program

The Sheriff's Explorer Program is a volunteer partnership between Calaveras youth and law enforcement. The explorer program is great for youths that are considering a future career in law enforcement or for those who just want to get involved with the community.

The program allows Explorers to participate in community affairs, non-hazardous law enforcement activities, the opportunity to ride in a patrol vehicle (ride-a-long) or observe police dispatching (911 calls), giving them a "hands on" experience to law enforcement. Explorers can volunteer for civic and community projects such as traffic and crowd control, special event patrols like the county fair and festivals. Explorers are NOT Police Officers.

The Explorer Program holds regularly scheduled meetings with deputies who address the group on the various facets of a career in law enforcement. Presentations include specialized fields such as Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), the SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiations, Incident Responses, Accident Investigations and more.

The Sheriff’s Explorers include students from all over Calaveras County and each year bring new ideas and more community participation. 

Although not all Explorers pursue law enforcement as their career, the experience provides them with a better understanding of the Laws that govern our society and what it takes to enforce them.


Encourage Positive Citizenship - The program encourages desirable character traits, ethical conduct, sound morals, patriotism and respect for law and order so that the Explorers’ exemplary behavior might be emulated by their peers.

Active Participation - By being involved in a positive community based program, the young person is able to occupy their spare time by providing worthwhile objectives to pursue.

Career Exploration - The Explorer Program provides young people in the community the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes in the field of law enforcement by on the job exposure to the Sheriff Departments various duties.

Please contact the Sheriff's Office at (209) 754-6500 for more information on joining our Sheriff’s Explorer Program.