Frequently Asked Questions
do i get volunteer hours while participating in this program?
- Yes, you absolutely will have plenty of opportunities to get your required volunteer hours to graduate from high school. Our meetings, which are held every Tuesday (except on Holidays) will automatically give you three to four hours. We also have multiple detailed each weekend, which you can sign up for, which can net you up to eight hours of volunteer work in one day.
what do i have to do to go on a ride along with a deputy?
- In order to ride along with a deputy, you must first complete the Ride Along Academy. The RAA will not be available until you are accepted as an Explorer and have been issued your uniform. The RAA is held twice a year at a set time, which you can apply to be a part of once it is announced. The next opportunity for the RAA will be announced at a future date.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BECOME AN EXPLORER?
- You must be between 14-21 years old, never been arrested, haven't used recreational and illegal drugs in the last three years, no traffic citations in the last year (and no egregious traffic citation history), must be enrolled in a high school or have possess an equivalent degree such as a G.E.D., last record must show above 2.0 grade point average, must attend three consecutive meetings as a visitor, must complete a formal membership application, and must pass an oral board examination and background investigation.
what is an oral board examination?
- An Explorer Oral Board is held in the same fashion as a police oral board. It’s a live panel of people, usually 3-5 ranking members of the Explorer Post that ask the applicants a set of questions that they rate your answers and then score them. These scores are compared with the required passing score, and against other applicants. You can in some agencies be removed from the application process for not passing the police oral board. It’s a must pass part of the application process. You usually are seated in a room across a table from these people, they ask you questions in turn and then listen to, take notes on, and score your answers to the questions. For more information on oral boards and how to prepare, visit this link.
what happens after my third week at the explorer post?
- Once you have attended your third meeting and passed the Oral Board Examination, you will be issued the shirt of your uniform (Class A/B/C), a duty belt, and whatever belt gear is appropriate for training purposes. It will be up to the Explorer to provide black pants (BDU or Dress) and black boots or shoes. As an Explorer, you cannot miss more than three consecutive meetings without notifying your chain of command properly through the use of a memo. Once you've finished your gear and squad assignments, you will immediately begin your Field Training (FTO) and will be assigned to a Field Training Officer. FTO is comprised of four phases, each of which require a passing score on a written and practical examination. Once you have graduated from FTO, you will be able to sign up for a Ride Along Academy and will eventually become eligible for promotion as a ranking officer.
do i have to be cpr certified?
- As a police explorer, you will be required to attend the first possible training for CPR certification. Although it is not required to be an Explorer, it is heavily encouraged. In order to participate in a ride along with a Field Operations Deputy, the Explorer must have passed the Ride Along Academy, which usually includes a training block on CPR which gives cadets their certification.
will we carry real guns?
- Absolutely NOT. At no point are firearms allowed to be carried by members of the Explorer Post. Although their duty belts are full belts, much like the belts law enforcement deputies wear on a daily basis, which includes a pistol holster, Explorers will not carry a live firearm.
I'M NOT 14 OR IN HIGH SCHOOL YET, CAN I STILL JOIN?
- Absolutely! 2017 will be our first year implementing a Junior Explorer Post for middle school age students between the ages of 11 and 13 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. To join, just talk to your School Resource Officer and they'll tell you exactly what you need to do!