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Sign up Saturday for the Explorers program

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Criminal Justice Academy at Bell High School to offer a Gilchrist County Explorers Program.

An informational meeting will be held on  Saturday, March 14 at the Sheriff’s Office Training Facility, which is located at 4052 S. US 129 between Trenton and Bell.

The Explorer program is open to young women and men ages 14 (and who have completed the 8th grade)  up to age 21 who have an interest in the profession of law enforcement and want to learn about it.

This program provides classroom and practical, hands-on training in the field of law enforcement.  The Explorers will be taught the philosophies, mission, and the objectives of law enforcement. This program gives the participants a chance to see first hand the responsibilities, leadership opportunities, community service activities, and experiences of active duty law enforcement officers.  The goal is to test their abilities, foster respect in themselves, respect in others, and respect in the community.  They will be challenged to become more responsible citizens.

The training  of the Explorers is managed primarily by members of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Criminal Justice Academy. We also coordinate and partner with other various local, state and federal agencies who participate in the Explorer program.  Explorers have the opportunity to have classroom training, learn pistol shooting, practice defensive tactics, participate in community policing, have scenario based exercises, and much more. Members are allowed to participate in a ride along in a sheriff’s vehicle with on duty deputy sheriffs.

Participants of the Exploring program show improved self confidence; they learn respect for police officers and explorers, they have the chance to participate in fun and have exciting hands on career experiences.  They will learn to work together as a team; have unique community service opportunities as well as the chance to develop their leadership abilities and the opportunity to improve their college and career readiness.

Our Senior Advisor and Assistant Advisors are sworn law enforcement officers and members of the Gilchrist County Sheriffs Office.  Our volunteers have a complete background check conducted prior to them having any contact with participants.