Explorer Program

Members will:

  • Participate in monthly “ride alongs” with sheriff’s deputies
  • Receive training in law enforcement functions such as traffic stops, arrest procedures, building searches etc.
  • Attend an annual state competition and compete with other Explorer Posts across the state.


  • Must be 15-20 years of age (under 21)
  • Must attend high school or have successfully graduated from high school
  • Must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA (if in high school)
  • Must have a strong interest in law enforcement
  • Must have no misdemeanor or felony convictions
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check

How to apply:

Fill out an application (located at the sheriff’s office or any high school office in Jackson County)

  • Mail / fax the application to:                                                                                                  
    Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
    Attn: Explorer Post                                                                          
    212 W Wesley St.                                                                                  
    Jackson, MI 49201


  • Fax - 517-768-5852

      Attn Explorer Post

Application must be mailed / faxed with a signed background waiver and one letter of recommendation.

Explorer Program Application