The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sponsors one of the largest Explorer Programs in the United States. There are presently 20 different Explorer Posts in the Sheriff's Department, and over 600 explorers.
The primary purpose of the program is to provide, through actual experience, a means by which young men and women may determine if they would like to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Deputy Explorers perform non-hazardous law enforcement functions such as:
- writing crime reports
- public finger printing
- crowd control at civic events and parades
- traffic direction
- answering telephones at the complaint desk
- crime prevention programs
- countless other law enforcement functions.
In addition, Deputy Explorers ride with Regular Deputies on Law Enforcement patrol assignments. They observe and participate in actual patrol and law enforcement operations. They receive extensive training and then actively participate in community affairs and non-hazardous law enforcement activities.