Considering a career in law enforcement? Sheriff’s Explorer program accepting applications

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The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for its Explorer program, which is for young adults, ages 14-20, who have a strong interest in law enforcement. The program provides an opportunity for Explorers to experience the responsibilities and functions of law enforcement first hand.

The Explorer Post meets regularly on Sundays throughout the year. The Explorers train for the annual state competition, in which the Explorers put their training and skills up against posts from around the state, competing for the Governor’s Cup.

When the post is not training for competition, meetings consist of several things related to law enforcement such as K-9 and bomb squad demonstrations; sitting with 911 operators; tours of the Michigan State Police crime lab and training facility, as well as the Livingston County Jail. Explorers are required to attend the Michigan Law Enforcement Youth Advisory Committee Academy one time within their first two years of joining the post. The academy, a week-long paramilitary-style boot camp, provides Explorers with a taste of attending a police academy. Active Explorers are eligible to ride along with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

• Must be between 14 and 20 years of age

• Minimum grade point average of 2.00

• Maintain appropriate school attendance and behavior

• Must have a letter of recommendation from school staff or law enforcement related professional accompanying your application.

• Must have a clean criminal history and be able to pass a background check.

Space is limited. Only those considering a career in law enforcement should apply.

Submit your application to Deputy Brad Neff at If you have questions or would like more information, contact Deputy Neff at (517) 540-7984

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