The Indian River County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program, Explorer Post 556, offers young people the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges and rewards a career in public safety will offer.
The purpose of Law Enforcement Exploring is to provide young adults with a program designed to build positive character traits, develop and promote personal and mental fitness. This kind of program helps us to build strong interpersonal skills and confidence; showing responsibility towards others and our community; and being mentally, emotionally, and physically stable.
A Sheriff's Office deputy supervises the Indian River County Sheriff's Explorer Post 556. All activities are performed under the supervision of department members. All activities are coordinated with both male and female advisors.
Community Service Projects
Community service projects include: Assisting with parking at special events, Parades, Assisting with other non-profit events
Explorers raise funds to support many of their programs through car washes, community donations, and other events.
Participants attend statewide conferences for law enforcement-related Explorer posts, where they compete in law enforcement contests and increase their knowledge of the criminal justice system.
2 letters of recommendation (School Resource Deputy, School guidance Counselor, Clergy or Teacher
Be of good health
Be of good moral habits with no arrest or conviction
Have parental approval
Maintain at least a "C" grade point average
Submit completed application with $25 non-refundable processing fee
Young adults between the ages of 14 and 20
Members must abide by all rules and regulations governing Explorer Post 556
Members must attend 80% of all Explorer functions
Members must attend 80% of all Explorer meetings
Members must maintain at least a ‘C" grade point average
Each applicant must pass a selection process which will include an interview and a background investigation.
The intent of Law Enforcement Exploring is to educate and involve youth in Law Enforcement operations and to interest them in Law Enforcement functions, whether they enter Law Enforcement career or not. Through involvement, the Law Enforcement Explorer program establishes an awareness of the complexities of law Enforcement service. Post members are given opportunities to see first-hand the efforts of sworn law enforcement personnel.
Later, they share their observations with their peer group and family. Because Explorers are in the impressionable years of young adulthood, it is here that the basic tenets of civic responsibility can best be instilled. Exploring provides the law enforcement community an opportunity to further their investment in its own future through relationships with suitable and talented young adults, they may one day become a sworn member.