Explorer Post 449

In May of 1959, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department formed the first law enforcement explorer post in the nation, for career-oriented young adults, age 14 through 20. Members are referred to as “Explorers.” It is a co-educational, young adult program developed and supervised by local community organizations, businesses and individuals providing an opportunity for young adults to explore a particular field.

Explorer Post 449 is sponsored by Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department as a community-based policing program. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations. Explorers learn leadership skills and personal responsibilities.

Skills & Training

Explorers can broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community’s police service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, the participants have the opportunity to provide a service to their community. Although Post 449 is law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian. Explorers receive training in:

  • Leadership
  • Patrol procedures
  • First-aid
  • Laws of arrest
  • Ride along with patrol deputies
  • Annual Explorer academy regional and national competitions

Explorers gain a sense of pride in our community and county and are taught individual responsibilities. 


Typical duties include: 

  • Administrative Duties at Department Facilities
  • Community Service
  • Crime Prevention Fairs
  • Crowd Control at Parades
  • Directing Traffic
  • Neighborhood Clean-up

Minimum Qualifications

Must be between the ages of 14.5 and 20 (applicants may be made at age 14, if the applicant has completed the eighth grade). Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA), and in good standing with school administrators. Have no criminal convictions.

Additional Information

For more information, contact Orange County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post 449 toll-free at 866-7678-449.