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