JUNIOR EXPLORERS (CLUB 915)
The Law Enforcement Exploring Program for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office was started with the intention of providing the youth of our communities the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement and develop a more positive relationship between youth and law enforcement officers. Our purpose is to provide a well-rounded program to our participants that cover the major areas of law enforcement. In so doing we intend to build character, determination and life skills that will last a lifetime. In addition, we will provide each Explorer the tools he/she needs in order to make a decision about a career in law enforcement.
Junior Explorers will be provided with a Junior Explorer T-Shirt and any gear necessary to complete training. The Explorers also assist the Pasco Sheriff’s Office by performing certain duties that free up deputies to perform other tasks. Junior Explorers will be able to assist in this were appropriate and reasonable. They will always be accompanied by two adult members of the sheriff’s office personnel. The Explorers pride themselves being courteous, dependable and professional in everything that we do. If you are interested in joining, make an appointment to speak with your School Resource Officer TODAY! (If you do not have an SRO, you can contact us directly through this website’s Contact page or just come to a meeting and meet us in person).
To join the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Junior Explorer Post, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Must be 11 – 13 years old
- Must be enrolled in middle school or home schooled and in the appropriate age range
- Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in school
- Must not have a criminal record
- Must be mentally, morally, and physically fit
- Must attend three consecutive meetings as a visitor prior to becoming a member
- Must complete a formal membership application, with parent / guardian
- Must pass an Oral Interview with Senior Advisors
CORPORAL ELISSA ELDERS,
Cpl. Elders has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. She has worked in the School Resource Officer (SRO) unit since 2014 and is currently assigned at Pine View Middle School. Prior to law enforcement, Cpl. Elders served in the United States Army.
Cpl. Cottrell has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1994. He started his career in Dispatch then transferred to patrol in 1998 where he was assigned a San Ann/St. Leo contract deputy position. He transferred to the School Resource Officer Unit in 2006 where he has been since. Cpl. Cottrell enjoys working with the Jr. Explorers and watching them be successful.
Cpl. Gilmor has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 23 years. He has worked as a School Recourse Officer since 2001, working exclusively at Seven Springs Middle School. He has been working with the Explorer Program for the past three years.
Cpl. Curtis has been a member of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office for 18 years. He is dual certified as a Corrections and Law Enforcement Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University and Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. Cpl. Curtis is an 8 year United States Army, National Guard, and United States Navy veteran.
K9 DEPUTY DEMAS,
K9 Deputy Demas has been with the sheriff’s office for 19 years. Deputy Demas’ current partner, K9 Dobies have been together for a little over a year now. They both currently work in all the schools as a School Resource Officer Float and conduct narcotic searches. Deputy Demas looks forward to working with the Explorers and in the schools for the remainder of her career.