Explorer Post 901 is a 501(c)(3) in part with the Placer Sheriff’s Activities League, sponsored by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in Sheriff operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions, whether they enter the field of law enforcement or not.

Law Enforcement Explorers are volunteers. As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Explorers have the opportunity to broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community’s law enforcement service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, participants have the opportunity to also volunteer within their community.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be between the ages of 14 (out of 8th grade) and 20.
  • Be of good moral character
  • No felony convictions
  • Minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average 
  • Be able to attend bimonthly Explorer meetings
  • Be willing to volunteer your time to attend Explorer functions
  • Be willing to commit to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and exemplify the professional image of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Any person who meets these requirements may apply for this program.

Explorer Program Goals

It is the goal of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to provide an effective law enforcement post for young adults. This is provided through career training in the following areas of law enforcement:

  • Scenario Based Training
  • Explorer Training Events
  • Community Services
  • Crowd Control
  • Direct Traffic
  • Field Trips
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Leadership
  • Learn Individual Responsibilities
  • Statewide Explorer Competitions
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Ride-Along with Patrol Deputy
  • Safety Fairs
  • Social Activities
  • Sports Events
  • Administrative Duties


  • 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Bimonthly
  • Auburn Justice Center
    2929 Richardson Drive
    Auburn, CA 95603

Learn More

Interested candidates should contact the Explorer Post Advisor by email. Candidates may also schedule an orientation session. Prospective candidates under the age of 18 years of age must have their parent/guardian’s permission to attend. At the orientation meeting an Explorer or Advisor will be available to explain the program and answer any questions. The selection process consists of a written application, an oral interview, and a background investigation.

For more information, please visit Placer Explorers

Some equipment and uniform costs are the responsibility of the explorer.