The Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the Broward Sheriff's Office is a successful example of how adult intervention can instill responsibility, leadership, teamwork and self-reliance.

The program works with teens and young adults (14-20 years of age) by allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate side-by-side with law enforcement deputies and civilian personnel in on-going training and community service projects.

Explorers receive a wide variety of training, to include basic and advanced Law Enforcement Explorer Academy training programs, including, but not limited to, self-defense; patrol procedures; traffic stops; report writing; domestic violence; Florida law; and, arrest procedures. 

Explorers who first enter the program are placed on a six-month probationary period. All Explorers are required to attend weekly meetings, which include wearing their uniforms or inspection and training seminars. 

To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14 years of age and under 21; must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades; and, must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble.  Candidates under 18-years-old must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian. The Broward Sheriff's Office Explorers are recognized nationwide and have earned numerous awards throughout their competitions.

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