Spokane County

Sheriff Explorers

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     Are you interested in a career of Law Enforcement? If so, you have the opportunity to join the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department Explorer’s Post. Exploring is a co-educational program developed and supervised by the Sheriff’s Department providing an opportunity for young adults to explore a potential career in Law Enforcement. Becoming an Explorer allows young men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 the opportunity to learn about a career in criminal justice while accumulating valuable volunteer hours for the Sheriff’s Department. Explorers have a positive impact in the community by helping people and assisting at community events, all the while learning proper police procedures. Ultimately, the program helps young adults build confidence, courage, discipline and leadership skills.


  1. To provide occupational experiences in which Explorers gain insight and knowledge regarding aspects of the Law Enforcement profession, including training, skills development and how to apply this knowledge throughout their lives, regardless of whether or not they chose a career in Law Enforcement.

  2. To develop strong leadership skills and a sense of responsibility to the community.

  3. To provide the community and the department with a trained volunteer service group to assist in times of disaster, at community events, on patrol with an officer, and any other time designated by the Sheriff or an Explorer Advisor.

  4. To recognize today’s youth's reasonable and effective leadership and commitment to the community through wholesome activity with a professional attitude, appearance and conduct.

  5. To assist the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department personnel with duties and tasks as assigned.

  6. To socially promote and demonstrate how an Explorer maintains professionalism while having fun in a relaxed environment.


  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 21.

  • Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

  • Must be willing to volunteer a minimum of 14 hours per month.

  • Must attend 1 academy per year.

  • Must purchase a uniform.

  • Must have a clear criminal background.

  • Must pass an “Oral Board.”

  • Must be drug and alcohol free.

  • Must have the ability to work well with others, learn necessary skills and follow directions from a supervisor.

  • Must have a winning attitude.


           Explorers are volunteers. The only expense to participate in the program is the cost of a Class A Uniform which includes a shirt, pants and a belt. This cost is approximately one hundred dollars and the uniform will be the personal property of the Explorer. If desired, an Explorer can purchase a duty belt and qualified accessories, but these are not required items to be an Explorer. The department issues each Explorer a bulletproof vest and identification card, which must returned to the Sheriff’s Department upon leaving the Exploring program.


            The Explorer Post meets on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of every month, with few exceptions. Meetings start at 6:00 PM and generally end at 9:00 PM. The meetings are held at the old U-City Mall at 10300 E. Sprague Ave. At the meetings, Explorer’s are trained in many interesting topics through classroom lectures, academies and hands-on interaction (mock scenes) such as;

  • Radio code communication and procedures

  • Crowd management and control

  • Criminal detection and investigation

  • Crisis management and intervention

  • Proper firearm safety and etiquette

  • Routine traffic stops and felony stops

  • Drugs, alcohol, and First Aid and CPR

  • Criminal Law, and it’s classifications

  • Self Defense techniques

  • Proper search and arrest procedures

           Each meeting entails uniform inspection, drill and ceremony, and a classroom lesson. Explorers then put their classroom knowledge to use in a mock scene. Most importantly, Explorers will develop a strong confidence that will help in future life decision making.


The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department provides an effective and productive Law Enforcement Explorer by accomplishing the following goals;

  • Providing career training in Law Enforcement through teaching patrol procedures, a basic understanding of the law and how to apply those laws, leadership, first aid and CPR, “ride-a-longs” with deputies, academies and law enforcement competitions.

  • Providing opportunities to assist our community at major events such as Bloomsday and the Lilac City Parade.

  • Providing volunteer and community services such as crowd control, security, administrative duties, and household inventories.

  • Providing leadership training and a sense of pride and confidence through interaction with positive and encouraging mentors throughout the state.

  • Providing Explorer’s with the necessary education and skills necessary to make correct judgments and prepare for any risks that may be encountered.

Application Process

       Upon completing two walk-in meetings in consecutive order, you will be given an application. You will then complete the application, and bring it to the next, or 3rd, meeting for an Oral-Board interview. The Oral-Board interview is of business attire, and very professional. You are always expected to look your best, be your best, and set good examples.

  • Please bring completed application with you to the meeting
  • Additionally, you will be required to bring the following
    • Copies of you driver's license, social security card, and birth certificate
    • Your most recent school transcript
    • A current photograph of yourself

Members Area

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Aug 5 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, Aug 5 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug 9 - Friday Aug 14
Wednesday, Aug 19 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


If you have any questions or interests of becoming an explorer, please email us at explorers@spokanesheriff.org or leave a message at 509-477-3242.