Explorer Program

The Explorer Program at the Ada County Sheriff's Office is a great way for youth in our community to explore opportunities in law enforcement.

  • Discover the many facets of the Sheriff's Office.
  • Determine if law enforcement is the career for you.
  • Volunteer in our community while learning about public service.

Meetings are held once a month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with time allotted for physical training. There is no physical test to pass, but members will be expected to participate in physical training.


How do I become an Explorer?

Explorers must be between the ages of 15-21 and must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 while in the program. Members must also be responsible in home and school duties. Steps to becoming an Explorer are:

  1. Once the position is announced, submit your application online.
  2. Undergo a background check
  3. Successfully pass a polygraph exam
  4. Interview with an advisor
  5. Interview with an oral board panel

What can I do to prepare to be an Explorer?

Have a good attitude! The Explorer Program is meant to be educational and fun. Be ready to learn and ask questions. Be ready to participate in physical activities and meet new people.

Will I be able to become a full-time employee?

Many former Explorers have come to work at the Ada County Sheriff's Office. Becoming an Explorer will open the door for you if you are considering law enforcement as your chosen profession!


Frequently Asked Questions about the ACSO Explorers Program

  1. Who can be an Explorer?
  2. What do Explorers do?
  3. What are the requirements?
  4. How much time does an Explorer volunteer?
  5. How do I apply?

Who can be an Explorer?
Anyone between the ages of 15-21 can apply to join the ACSO Explorer program. If you are interested in becoming an Explorer but aren't 15 years old yet, contact Deputy Jacob Mulkey at jmulkey@adaweb.net

What do Explorers do?
The main goal of the program is to allow young people the opportunity to explore the wide variety of jobs the ACSO has to offer. Explorers spend time in each division of the Sheriff's Office in order to experience what it is like to be a patrol deputy, dispatcher, detention deputy, records clerk…any position available in the agency! Explorers may also be called on to help control traffic.

What are the requirements?
An Explorer must attend one meeting each month, to include classroom training along with physical fitness training.

Explorers are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average in school. Any trouble reported in school or at home may result in dismissal from the program.

Explorers must also adhere to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office Hiring Standards. To view our hiring standards, click here.

How much time does an Explorer volunteer?
How much time you commit, beyond the required meeting time, is your choice. You can determine a schedule that works for you. Explorers may be called on to help at bike rodeos, the Fair, and other community events.

Required meetings total two hours each month. Opportunities to help deputies with traffic control and community events are available most of the year. A minimum amount of hours for each section that need to be completed each year are:

  • 10 hours in Records/Property/Crime Analysis
  • 10 hours in Dispatch
  • 10 hours in the Jail
  • 20 hours in Patrol.

Ten hours of work in Dispatch and 20 hours of work in the Ada County Jail must be completed before riding in Patrol. Once all hours are complete, Explorers are free to do more ride-alongs in patrol. When all hours are complete for each section, a basic skills test will be given for each section.

How do I apply?
Once the position is announced, submit your application online.

Your references will be contacted to ensure you are a good Explorer candidate. Advisors will also talk to your school counselor or School Resource Officer to determine your performance in school.

After your application is submitted, you will be scheduled for an interview. Your parents are welcome to attend. Once you've completed the initial interview, you will be asked to appear before an interview board before the final application consideration.

If you are accepted into the Explorer program, you can immediately start attending the meetings.