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What We Do
Explorer Post 916 is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and affiliated with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. The Program is designed for teenagers and young adults, 14 to 21 years old, to explore the career of law enforcement. Members receive training in a variety topics including officer safety, report writing, handcuffing procedures, interviewing and note taking, traffic stops, and much more.
Embedded into the Program are the agency’s values and core philosophies: servant leadership and Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP). Explorers actively engage the community and provide volunteer service to various components of the agency and community events, such as fairs, parades, rodeos, and races.
Explorers are able to ride along with agency members to observe what they do on a day-to-day basis. Explorers may ride with patrol deputies, correction deputies (in the jail), the school resource officer unit (SRO), and communications (dispatch).
The Explorer Program embraces a paramilitary organization utilizing the chain of command to structure the Post. Explorers can hold ranking positions, enhancing their skills in time management, public speaking, decision making, followership, and accountability.
Explorers receive volunteer hours for their hard work and dedication while attending training meetings and community events.
HANDS ON TRAINING
At each general meeting, Explorers are exposed to scenario based training and classroom instruction. Explorers attend training events throughout the State of Florida to enhance their law enforcement knowledge and skills. Click on the “Training” page to learn more about the training topics discussed.
Explorers are taught the fundamental principles and core values of the Sheriff’s Office: integrity, teamwork, determination, espirt de corps, professionalism, and comradery; in addition to physical fitness, an essential component to Explorers.
Explorers interact with agency members and other law enforcement officials from other city, county, and state jurisdictions. Explorers are exposed to our agency’s norms, procedures, facilities and equipment. Over 25 Explorers have left the program and became law enforcement officers; some within our own agency.
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