About Law Enforcement Explorers
The Law Enforcement Career Exploring Program is designed for youth (male and female) ages 14 through 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in public safety. The program goal is to encourage youth to become responsible citizens of the community and nation.
The Explorers Program provides youth with education, training, and first-hand career experience as well as leadership and community service opportunities. Upon entrance into the program, new explorers are required to attend an Explorer’s Academy. Fifteen students on average attend the Explorer Academy each year.
"Connecting with youth is a vital part of building relationships between law enforcement and the community," says Sheriff Matt Bostrom. "The Explorers Program is an excellent opportunity for our young citizens to have a great educational experience that lasts a lifetime."
Explorers participate in a number of activities, including classroom and practical training on a number of law enforcement scenarios. Scenarios include bomb threats, burglary in progress, crime prevention. Explorers also help the Sheriff’s Office with community events; assist with certain activities, such as alcohol and tobacco compliance checks; and partner with the Water Patrol Unit using boats and ATVs to help patrol the county’s lakes, parks, and trails.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, in affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, sponsors Explorer Post #2. Explorer Post #2 was established in 1957 and is the oldest post in Minnesota. Explorer Post #2 is a national Law Enforcement Exploring Post that competes annually at the Law Enforcement Exploring Competition.
The Law Enforcement Career Exploring Program is available to youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who pass a criminal background check.
For more information, please contact the Sheriff's Water Patrol Unit at 651-490-4511.