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Monday, July 22

Explorer Program


Duties and General Information:

Explorers are a division of Learning for Life which is a youth program that is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Explorer Post 503 meet on Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00pm at Thermal Sheriff Station. Explorers receive law enforcement related training. The training includes traffic control, building searches, vehicle stops, defensive driving, hostage negotiations, firearm safety, criminal law, narcotics law, domestic violence, defensive tactics, radio communications, first aid, defensive weapons, patrol procedures, crime prevention, criminal investigations, accident investigation, arrest, search and seizure law, and other subjects.

Explorers learn about law enforcement, do physical training and compete with other Explorers at competitions. They also volunteer their time at various events assisting officers with traffic control. Explorers participate in non-contact law enforcement activities. Explorers also have opportunities to go on ride-a-longs with officers.


  • Be between 14-20 years old
  • Maintain at least a "C" grade average
  • Be a United States Citizen or possess a valid Green Card
  • Have an interest in law enforcement
  • Obtain your parents’ permission
  • Submit the required application and background paperwork
  • Have no major criminal record
  • explorer_page_2_smHave a good moral character
  • Participate in an oral interview as scheduled
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Have no physical limitations
  • Follow instructions/be a team player
  • Complete a six month probation
  • Be committed to attend meetings/volunteer at some special events

Interested in the program?

Interested volunteers should contact go to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department website at

  • click "Community"
  • then "Volunteer Forces Unit"
  • download the application.