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Explorer Post 901 is a 503(1)C under the Placer Sheriff's Activities League. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police 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 police service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, participants have the opportunity to give themselves to their community.


  • Be between the ages of 15-20 years of age
  • Be of good moral character
  • Appropriate weight for height and build
  • No serious police record
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in all school work
  • Be able to attend 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 male or female who meets these requirements may apply for this program.

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 the following experience areas:

Career training in the area of law enforcement:

  • Patrol Procedures
  • First Aid
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Leadership
  • Ride-Along with Patrol Deputy
  • Annual Explorer Training Events
  • Local, Regional, and National Competition
  • Social Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Sports Events
  • Community Services
  • Direct Traffic
  • Crowd Control
  • Administrative Duties
  • Safety Fairs
  • Leadership Training
  • Gain a Sense of Pride in Our Community and Country
  • Learn Individual Responsibilities  

The Placer County Sheriff’s Explorers meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Auburn Justice Center located at 2929 Richardson Dr. Auburn, CA 95603.

Interested candidates should contact the Explorer Post to schedule an orientation session. Prospective candidates under the age of 18 years of age must have their parent/guardian’s permission to attend. At this orientation meeting an Explorer or Advisor will be available to explain the program, supply applications, and answer any questions. If you meet the minimum qualifications for an Explorer, you will be invited to compete in the selection process. The selection process consists of an oral interview and a background investigation.

Additional costs may be incurred for competitions. Some equipment may be issued to each Explorer. Other necessary equipment and uniform costs are the responsibility of the Explorer.

America’s hope for the future
lies in the youth of today”

This philosophy led the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to develop its Exploring Division for career-oriented young adults, ages 14 through 20. Members are referred to as “Explorer” and, while the Explorer program is distinctively different from scouting, Exploring is the co-educational, young adult program developed and supervised by local community organizations, businesses, and individuals to provide an opportunity for young adults to explore a particular career field.

For information and application contact:
Advisor Aaron Ames
Placer County Explorer Post #901
(530) 889-7800