Sheriff’s office accepting applications for Explorer program

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications to the Explorer Program for young adults ages 14-20 with 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 on Sundays regularly 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 to compete 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 9-1-1 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 do a monthly ride along with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Must be honest and have integrity on the application and while an Explorer at the post.
• Must be between 14 and 20 years of age and a freshman in High School
• Minimum grade point average of 2.0
• Maintain appropriate school attendance and behavior

A letter of recommendation is recommended but not required.

Space is limited. Only those seriously considering a career in law enforcement should apply. Deadline is Aug. 31.

The application is available for download by clicking here.

Email your application to Deputy Brad Neff at or contact him for more information at (517) 540-7984.


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