The mission of the Sheriff Explorer Program is to build enduring relationships within the community and develop future leaders in Sangamon County. Our staff will work alongside youth to enhance interpersonal communication skills, build confidence, and foster shared understanding. We will challenge youth with leadership opportunities, promote personal responsibility, and emphasize the importance of teamwork. Youth participating in the program will walk away more confident, well-rounded, and more mature candidates for a civilian law enforcement career – or any career path they choose.
Our program utilizes a law enforcement curriculum, and a well-defined organizational structure, as a catalyst to cultivate leadership potential, teach personal responsibility, and promote community involvement. The program is overseen by Explorer Post Advisors. Advisors are sworn law enforcement officers, appointed by the Sheriff, charged with mentoring youth participants, curriculum design, and the overall management and administration of the program.