Explorer Program


What is the Explorer Program?

Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program is designed to give teenagers and young adults hands-on law enforcement experience. The program aims to develop future candidates for law enforcement positions in and around Jackson County.

What do Explorers Do?

  • Participate in monthly “ride alongs” with sheriff’s deputies
  • Assist in countywide events such as the Jackson County Fair, high school homecomings and local village events.
  • 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.
  • Attend an annual week-long state academy


  • 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
  • Must be able to attend and graduate from the Michigan Law Enforcement Youth Training Academy (MLEYTA) each summer.

How to Apply

Interested persons who meet the above qualifications should download an application below or obtain one from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office lobby.

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.

Application Process

  1. Application received by the sheriff’s office
  2. Initial application screening
  3. Oral board interview
  4. Background investigation
  5. Acceptance or denial

Contact Information

Those seeking further information may contact the head program adviser, Deputy Sam Sukovich by emai.