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Phone: (661) 391-7668

The Kern County Sheriffs Office Explorer Post is an organization designed to provide young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 years with an insight into the world of law enforcement. The Explorer Program is established through the Boy Scouts of America.

The first Sheriff's Office Explorer Post was established in 1960 under Sheriff LeRoy Galyen. Post #919 operated from the Sheriff's Office until 1967.

In 1973 the Sheriff's Office again sought to sponsor an Explorer Post, however #919 had been reassigned. The new Post was #519, and has been in existence ever since. Many law enforcement officers throughout the state got their start in the Sheriff's Explorer Program.

The intent of law enforcement exploring is to educate and involve its members in law enforcement operations, to interest them in law enforcement careers, and to build mutual understanding. The Explorer Post is guided by several advisors who are members of the Sheriff's Office. The advisors share their abilities and experiences with the Explorers to produce a high quality young adult of whom the Sheriff's Office and the community can be proud.

Members of the Explorer Post are afforded the opportunity to observe firsthand the efforts of Sheriff's Office personnel. Members are able to participate in many departmental functions, such as patrol, communications, and detentions. They also participate in community functions including the Kern County Fair, child identification, and food drives to name a few. The Explorers volunteer several hundred hours a month to the Sheriff's Office. Members of the Explorer Post wear a modified uniform to distinguish them from deputies; explorers are not allowed to carry weapons. Explorers also wear an additional shoulder patch that identifies them as an explorer.