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.