What We Do

  • Our purpose is to provide a well-rounded program for teenagers and young adults (age 14-21) to build important life skills while providing volunteer opportunities and camaraderie. While focused on law enforcement aspects as a central theme, Explorer Post 916 is a perfect opportunity for young citizens to build skills that will carry them through any path in the future.
  • Explorer Post 916 provides young citizens insight into law enforcement operations and opportunities to build a variety of important life skills. A myriad of trainings are included, and there are opportunities to partake in specialty teams. These trainings build confidence, communication skills and instill a sense of responsibility and accountability in participants. Members have the chance to compete at the state and national level, participate in ride- alongs with PSO deputies, discover the operations of units across PSO, volunteer within their communities and more.
  • For those interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, Explorer Post 916 offers a jump start to that by providing invaluable insight into law enforcement procedures, state statutes and legal guidelines.

RIDE ALONGS

Explorers are able to ride along with a certified deputy to gain an inside look at
a typical shift. This gives Explorers a firsthand look at how law enforcement interacts with the community they serve and provides a glimpse into PSO’s policies and procedures.

LEADERSHIP

Explorer Post 916 embraces a chain of command and enhances skills such as time management, public speaking, decision making and accountability through training.

VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Explorers receive volunteer hours for their hard work and dedication while attending trainings, meetings and community events, which includes races, rodeos, parades and festivals.

HANDS ON TRAINING

Explorers participate in classroom instruction and scenario-based training. Explorers often attend training events throughout Florida and the U.S. to enhance their knowledge and skillset. Click on the “Training” page to learn more about the training topics discussed.

DISCIPLINE

In addition to physical fitness, Explorers are taught the core values of the Pasco
Sheriff’s Office: integrity, teamwork, determination, espirt de corps, professionalism and camaraderie.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The skills learned as an Explorer can carry a member into their career, whether it be in law enforcement, college or another field. Explorers meet PSO members and officials from other city, county and state jurisdictions. Many Explorers have gone on to become law enforcement officers, including many within PSO.