The Pasco Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 916 is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America and is designed to allow young people from 14 to 21 years old to explore the career of law enforcement.

Explorers receive training in all aspects of law enforcement and Sheriff's Office operations. They also provide volunteer service to various components of the agency, and assist with numerous community events such as fairs, parades and rodeos. Highlights of the Explorer Program include the privilege of riding on patrol with deputies and participating in the annual statewide Explorer competition. Explorers are issued a uniform and equipment and attend weekly meetings. For more information on the Explorer Post, contact your school resource officer, or call 813-929-1380.


We are currently recruiting for anyone between the ages of 14 and 21 who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The program will expose Explorers to the fundamental principles of law enforcement, and teach them the basic operations and procedures law enforcement officers perform each day. Our training includes classroom instruction, scenario reenactments, traffic stops, state statutes, radio procedures, report writing techniques, and much more. We currently have over 30 Explorers in our Post. 

If anyone is interested in becoming an Explorer, they can contact their School Resource Officer (SRO) for more information, or may visit us at one of our Explorer meetings. Our meetings are held every Tuesday night, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at the Safety Town Complex off of SR 52 and Suncoast Parkway (15362 Alric Pottberg Rd, Shady Hills, FL 34610)


To join the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 916, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 14-21 years old

  • Must be enrolled in high school or possess a high school diploma or GED

  • 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

  • Must pass an oral board examination and a complete background investigation

  • Must pass the Field Training portion of membership in a reasonable amount of time

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 916 has been approved to assist Sheriff’s Office members during natural disasters such as hurricanes. The Explorer Response Team will be assisting deputies assigned to work at approved hurricane shelters.

The Explorers’ training for this detail included:

  • A review of Sheriff’s Office General Order 46.1.1 regarding hurricane plans

  • Attending a Red Cross Shelter training program

  • Touring a local shelter to see how they are operated.

The program is voluntary and each parent approved their son or daughter to participate.