Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 245

Youth, 14 -20 years of age, are invited to learn about law enforcement as a career.

Explorer Post 245 has been sponsored by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office since 1969. The Explorers are given a hands-on experience of law enforcement procedures and techniques. Law Enforcement Exploring is a program through Learning for Life, a division of Boy Scouts of America. The Exploring program is specifically designed to incorporate the following experience areas: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, and leadership experience.

Explorers may be used to help:

  • secure crime scenes
  • search for missing children or adults
  • provide the community with fingerprinting kits and safety information
  • traffic control
  • provide assistance during department events
  • search for evidence

Explorers may be utilized to help with community service events such as parades, sporting events, natural disasters, etc. Community Service Hours may be earned for college scholarships.

Skilled law enforcement advisors as well as specialized law enforcement experts instruct the explorers on the use of techniques and laws at the meetings. Training that includes:

  • Arrest and Patrol Procedures
  • Traffic Control
  • Assisting Citizens
  • Crime Prevention
  • Forensic Science
  • Basic First Aid
  • Fingerprinting
  • Report Writing
  • Radio Procedures
  • Firearms Safety and Training

Explorers have the opportunity to attend the Alabama Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for one week in the summer. During the academy explorers will be introduced to the:

  • Leadership Reaction Course
  • Confidence Course
  • Firearms Training
  • Forensic Science
  • Additional Federal, State and Local agency training

Explorers compete in local, state and national competitions with other posts from across the nation. After completion of Ride-Along Training; explorers may have the opportunity to ride as observers with patrol deputies. Explorers make contacts with other law enforcement agencies from across the nation during competitions and the academy. These valuable contacts can be used when making career choices later in life.

Explorer meetings are held at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters’ Building located at 2200 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35203. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays each month, from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Explorer ages 14 (completed 8th grade)-20 years of age
  • Maintain a 2.5 grade average
  • Enrolled or graduate of a high school
  • Be of high moral character
  • No prior criminal history
  • Attend Explorer functions

To make application contact:
Sgt. Mike House
2200 8th Ave. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

Office: 205-325-5900 Dispatch: 205-325-1450
Email: Sgt. Mike House