The Exploring program is a division of the Boy Scouts of America, pairing young adults ages 14 to 20 with a community based sponsor in their desired career field. This opportunity gives the young adult a chance to examine their proposed career from the inside out. The Sheriff's Explorer Post #224 assists future leaders learning about law enforcement, and particularly the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.
The post operates under a set of General Orders, which are much like those that Sheriff's Office employees must follow. In addition, the post operates under a strict Chain of Command with a rank structure and organization of squads similar to the Sheriff's Office.
We strive to provide our Explorers with the skills they will need for a law enforcement career through hands-on experience and classroom instruction.
| Tentative Training Classes:
- Search and Seizure
- Bomb Demo
- Crisis Negotiation
- Crime Scene Investigations
- Civil Process
- Court Preparation and Testimony
- Criminal Investigations
- Constitutional Law
- Counterfeit Detection
- Crowd Control
- Defensive Tactics
- Domestic Violence
- Drill & Ceremony
- Elements of Criminal Law
- Felony Traffic Stops
Interview & Interrogation
Criminal Justice System
DWI Think-First program
NC Justice Academy Explorer Academy
First Aid & CPR
To become an Explorer an individual must:
- Be between 14-20 years of age
- Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
- Have no serious arrests or extensive criminal record
- Pay a $20 Charter Fee
- A hold harmless and release forms must be executed by the parents or legal guardian
- Be able to attend 75% of yearly activities, which include 3 meeting a month, and other operations, such as tours, ride-alongs, and community service.
When not attending regular bi-weekly meetings, the post is involved in many community service projects. In the past, Explorers assisted the Charlotte Checkers Hockey team with various special projects, and fingerprinted thousands of the county's youth through our Child Identification Program. Each Christmas our Explorers embark on one of our most rewarding projects, "OPERATION BUILD-A-BEAR!" The Explorer Post delivers stuffed bears to the surrounding hospital pediatric wards for children unable to be home for the holidays.