The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has five Explorer Posts throughout Santa Barbara County. The Explorer Program is for young people between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a specialized post of the Learning for Life Program and The Boy Scouts of America. The post is sponsored and managed by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

The intent of law enforcement exploring is to educate and involve youth in law enformcent operations, to interest them in possible law enforcement careers, and to build mutual understanding. The educational aspect provides knowledge of the law enforcement function whether or not the participant enters policing. Through involvement, the Law Enforcement Explorer Program establishes an awareness of the complexities of law enformcent.

Deputy Sheriff Explorers are involved in activities and training such as:

Basic Explorer Academy
Patrol Ride-Alongs
Traffic Control
Crowd Control
Special Events                                                    

Crime Prevention
Rural Crime Prevention
Command Post Assignments
Community Resources and Outreach
Custody Operations
Training Bureau Assignments
Drug Abuse / Anti-Gang Programs
Parking Details
Fund Raising Activities
National / Regional Conferences Firearm Safety
Recreational Activities / Field Trips
Basic First Aid
History of Law Enforcement
Causes and Effects of Juvenile Delinquency
Crime Scene Search Techniques

Post members are required to participate in post activities on a monthly basis to remain active.

Eligibility Requirements (Personal History Statement)

Employment Application (Required for Enrollment)

Membership in a law enforcement Explorer post is open to young adults ages 14 through 20.

Parental approval is required, which includes signatures by the Explorer and his/her parents on a general liability release form.

A check of the applicant's background to determine that the individual has not been convicted of a serious crime or of moral turpitude.

A scholastic standard requiring minimum grades for entry (2.0 or higher GPA) and no serious school discipline record.

Law enforcement Explorer posts have open membership, with care being given to checking the applicant's records. The ability of a post to be effective depends on the quality of the individuals involved. The above mentioned requirements are recommended.



Explorer Post Locations

Post 830: Headquarters
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, California
(805) 681-4100

Post 39: Carpinteria Station
5575 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, California
(805) 568-3399

Post 36: Buellton Station
140 W. Highway 246
Buellton, California

Post 34: Lompoc Station
3500 Harris Grade Road
Lompoc, California
(805) 737-7737

Post 32: Santa Maria Station
812A West Foster Road
Santa Maria, California
(805) 934-6150

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