Harris County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program
The HCSO’s Police Explorers program is open to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 (must have completed the 8th grade) and 20 interested in a career in law enforcement. Student participants will get a first-hand look at what it takes to be a law enforcement officer and decide early on whether it is a career they want to pursue.
The Explorers students will have the opportunity to train to perform certain police functions and utilize that training in mock police calls. They’ll also be able to showcase that training in Explorers competitions, held throughout the United States, and qualify to win awards and even college scholarships.
The Sheriff’s Explorers program, which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America and is affiliated with Learning for Life, will be led by two trained advisors in each district post and supported by HCSO civilian assistant advisors. “The Police Explorers program is a proven model and comes with a nationally respected brand of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “I am excited to partner with them to help me reach out to young people in the Harris County community! The Police Explorers program is a great opportunity to educate and mentor our youth and expose them to the rewarding profession of community service and law enforcement. It’s also a great way for our youth and their parents to support law enforcement.”
Sheriff Garcia is proud to announce that Scout Master Joseph (Al) Blendermann, who also is a veteran Sergeant of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, is leading this important program. In addition, many of the designated HCSO advisors were members of the Boy Scouts in their younger years and some are actual alumni of the Police Explorers program.
There are seven Explorers posts within the HCSO, one assigned to each patrol district. A complete list of those posts is listed under the ‘Contact Us’ Link.