• Contact Information

    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Recruiting

    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Us

    800 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Attn: Recruiting
    Golden, CO 80401

  • Explorer Program


    Who We Are

    Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Learning for Life program. Explorer Post 99 is sponsored by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The Explorer program offers young men and women insight into the field of law enforcement and the opportunity to volunteer in their community.

    Explorers ProgramJefferson County Explorers are between the ages of 14 and 21, attending high school or college. Our Explorers receive basic law enforcement training, volunteer for community events and compete in several conferences and competitions throughout the year. 

    We promote integrity, excellence and respect, as well as teamwork and leadership.

    What We Do

    Meetings and Training

    Meetings and training are held the first and third Wednesday of each month (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.) and the last Saturday (9 - 4 p.m.) of each month. Explorers are expected to attend all meetings and trainings.

    Explorers receive training in various aspects of law enforcement. The training is similar to that of a law enforcement academy, and is taught by Sheriff's Office personnel. Some of the training consists of:

    • Traffic control
    • Traffic stops
    • Arrest control
    • Criminal code
    • Patrol procedures
    • High-risk entry
    • Hostage negotiation
    • Report writing
    • Domestic crisis
    • Crime scene investigation
    • Firearm safety
    • CPR/first aid
    • Ethics
    • Drill and ceremony


    Community Service and Volunteering

    Explorers are required to volunteer 10 hours per month to the Sheriff's Office. Explorers can volunteer for Sheriff's Office sponsored events and various community events. Explorers also participate in fundraisers throughout the year.

    Conferences and Competitions

    Throughout the year, Explorers have several opportunities to participate in organized conferences and competitions with other posts from Colorado, as well as other states.

    Every summer Post 99 attends a regional explorer conference. This conference is one week long and approximately 250 Explorers from around the country participate. Explorers attend law enforcement related seminars and compete in various law enforcement scenarios, utilizing the training they have received.

    School and Career

    There are numerous scholarship opportunities available to youth in an Explorer Program. Explorers are given the opportunity to attend seminars and courses in leadership and employment hiring processes.

    What to Expect as a New Explorer

    All new Explorers will be placed on a three month probationary status. This allows for the youth to determine if the program is a good fit for them, and for the Sheriff's Office staff to further evaluate the youth. 


    Probationary Explorers are issued a polo shirt with the Explorer emblem. Once probationary status is completed, Explorers are issued a modified uniform consisting of a blue uniform shirt and black pants. Explorers neither possess nor wear a badge. Explorers are not law enforcement officers and are not POST-certified.


    All Explorers are expected to attend an Explorer academy during their first year. Explorers will be notified when the academy is to occur and arrangements will be made for the Explorer to attend. Explorers must attend an academy to be eligible to participate in certain conferences and competitions.

    Requirements for Membership

    Explorer candidates must:

    • be at least 14, and in the 9th grade, but not yet 21 years of age
    • currently enrolled in high school, or an accredited home schooling program, or college
    • maintain minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • pass a background investigation
    • have written permission from a parent/guardian if the applicant is under 18 years of age
    • be of good moral character


    Application Process

    The application process will consist of the following steps:

    • Explorer application
      Initial Explorer applications are screened for suitability based on a variety of factors. Approval of the application moves prospective Explorers on to the oral board.
    • Interview
      The oral board consists of Explorer advisors and current Explorers and is designed to give the applicant an opportunity to express himself/herself verbally. Applicants will answer a variety of questions, and discuss various scenarios relating to the Explorer Post. The board may or may not recommend that the applicant move on to the background investigation.
    • Background investigation
      This is intended to further illuminate and illustrate the applicant’s behavior, history and personality.
    • Staff review
      All applicants will be subject to approval by the Explorer Post advisors.

    Apply using the online form (below) or you can download the Explorer application Download Adobe Reader from Downloads Page

    If you choose to download, send completed applications to:
    Training and Recruiting
    Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
    200 Jefferson County Parkway
    Golden, CO 80401-2697

    In College?

    Too old to be an Explorer? Learn about our Cadet Program.