Law Enforcement Exploring is a nationally known program used to educate high school aged youth, ages 14-20 years old about the career of law enforcement. There are several instances of the program (commonly known as “Explorer Posts”) at agencies all over the United States. Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Post 104, is an active post, both in the classroom and in our community. We promote professionalism and leadership at every meeting we have. This program is a necessity for any individual that is interested in any career in law enforcement. From traffic enforcement, to drug enforcement. From the CSI unit, to the K-9 unit. From the GBI to the FBI, any prospective career officer is welcome.
Every two weeks, we assemble at the DCSO Training Center for the Explorer Meeting. At the meeting, we have classroom instruction, followed by scenario training in areas ranging from traffic stops, and hostage negotiation, to crime scene investigation and domestic problems. The training goes to work when we attend the annual Winterfest Explorer competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There, we compete against other Explorer posts from all over the southeast United States. When we are not competing or training, we are serving the community at local events such as Relay for Life, September Saturdays, and the Douglasville July 4th Parade. Explorers are trained in auto traffic control, radio procedure, and other specialized areas in anticipation for these events.
Requirements to Participate in the Explorer’s Program of Douglas County:
- Must be between 14 and 20 years of age and graduated the 8th grade.
- Must live within Douglas County or be a local resident.
- Must have a clean Criminal History.
- Must maintain satisfactory grades in school (if attending).
- Must maintain a professional attitude to Explorers and advisers.
Program expectations include: Explorers are expected to be present at explorer meetings, and special details assigned to them. Excuses will be granted as needed. Explorers will maintain a positive attitude and manners while representing the post, especially while wearing the Explorer uniform. Explorers will also maintain a positive physical appearance while representing the post. All Explorer functions are alcohol, drug, and tobacco free.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post competed the weekend of February 10-12, 2017 in Gatlinburg TN. There were about 80 different law-enforcement agencies represented at this competition. There were departments from GA, AL, SC, NC, VA, LA, TN, and FL. Our Explorers competed in 7 different competitions. These are the results:
- 1st Place: Drug ID
- 4th Place: Written Exam
- 11th Place: Suspicious Death
- 26th Place: Active Shooter
Please if you see them around congratulate them a good job well done. They represented our department very well.