Meeting Location: Safety Town, 15362 Alric Potterg Road, Shady Hills, FL 34610
Meeting Day: Every Tuesday (Post 916), every Thursday (Club 915)
Meeting Times: 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM (Post 916), 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM (Club 915)
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EXPLORER POST 916:
Corporal Jeremy Hixson, Senior Advisor
JUNIOR EXPLORERS (CLUB 915):
Corporal Elissa Elders
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ORIENTATION TO JOIN?
Absolutely not! At both Explorers and Junior Explorers, applications are accepted year round. You can come to any general meeting at any point during the year and begin your transition to becoming an Explorer.
I’M INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROGRAM. WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE FIRST MEETING?
Prospective applicants must attend three (3) general meetings as a visitor before being accepted. This allows each visitor to get an idea of how the Explorer Post operates before committing themselves to the Program. At the first general meeting, a visitor should be given a tour of the Safety Town facility and shown different areas of the program, including Field Training and Post Training. Visitors will also be given a formal application to complete/return at the second general meeting. Ultimately, don’t be nervous. Every current Explorer has gone through the visitor stage. For more information about the application process, click on the “Join” page.
DO I GET VOLUNTEER HOURS WHILE PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROGRAM?
Yes, Explorers will have plenty of opportunities to get required volunteer hours to graduate from high school. All Explorer related events, including general meeting, details (community events), delegate conferences, and ride alongs will be documented as volunteer hours.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GO ON A RIDE ALONG WITH A DEPUTY?
There are several requirements and directives which govern Explorers riding along with a deputy. Explorers must meet the following requirements:
1) Complete and pass an approved Explorer Ride Along Academy (one week)
2) Complete and pass the Explorer Field Training Program (four phases)
3) Complete the Explorer probationary period (approximately 17 weeks)
4) Be an Explorer of good moral and mature standing
The Ride Along Academy (RAA) are for Explorers ONLY. With the RAA, Explorers will receive advanced training in law enforcement topics, including officer safety, first aid, report writing, and CPR certification. In addition to the aforementioned requirements, Explorers must be a certain age to ride with patrol deputies. For more information about the RAA, visit the “Training” page.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BECOME AN EXPLORER?
The requirements and step-by-step process are outlined under the “Join” page.
WHAT IS AN ORAL BOARD EXAMINATION?
An Explorer Oral Board is held in the same fashion as a law enforcement oral board. It’s a live panel of four (4) ranking Explorers and one (1) associate advisor/deputy who ask the applicant/visitor a set of questions. The panel rate the applicant’s responses and then score them. These scores are compared with the required passing score and against other applicants.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY THIRD WEEK AT THE EXPLORER POST?
Once an Explorer completes the application stage (background investigation, administrative interview, oral board, three consecutive meetings), the visitor will be added to the Explorer roster and enroll in the Field Training Program. The Explorer will be issued the Class C uniform to identify their membership with the Explorer Program and participate in training. The Class C uniform consist of the gray polo shirt, black BDU/cargo pants, and duty belt; all accessories on the duty belt will be issued (glove pouch, flashlight holder, etc.). Explorers will need to purchase their own boots and pens. For more information about the Field Training Program, visit the “Training” page.
WILL WE CARRY REAL GUNS?
NO. Explorers are not permitted to carry any firearms while performing their duties (unless the Explorer is on the Explorer Pistol Team, participating at a Pistol Team event (training, competition, etc.), and issued a firearm by the Senior Advisor/designee). Although the Explorer duty belts are equipped with a service weapon holster (gun holster), Explorers will not carry a live firearm. The holsters are utilized during training sessions.
I’M NOT 14 OR IN HIGH SCHOOL YET, CAN I STILL JOIN?
Absolutely! In 2018, the Junior Explorer Post (Club 915) was established for middle school age students between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. This Post, although not quite as intense as Post 916 for high school, will still be on the same training schedule and will still be taught by certified law enforcement officers from the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Visit the page “Junior Explorers” for more information.