Explorers Post 1658

Youth Outreach

Young people who are between the ages of 14 and 20 and who are interested in law enforcement have the opportunity learn about police work and take part in public safety events by joining Explorers Post 1658.

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Overview

The CCSO Explorers Post 1658 was established in 1986 for young people interested in law enforcement and community service. Exploring is a division of Learning for Life, which is a subsidiary of Boy Scouts. Meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at North Point High School in Waldorf.

Explorers participate in community service events, fingerprinting assignments, traffic and crowd control assignments, neighborhood crime watch events and other activities. Other opportunities include the National Explorer Conference, ride-alongs with CCSO officers, an annual awards banquet and group trips to Georgetown Hoyas games, Washington Capitals games, the National Zoo, Six Flags and Gilbert Run Park. Explorers have also traveled to New York through an Explorer Exchange program with the New York City Police Department.

Explorer Qualifications

Explorers Post 1658 applicants must:

  • Be between 14 and 21 years of age and have completed the eighth grade or be at least 15 years of age regardless of school grade
  • Be enrolled in school, have graduated from high school or have attained a GED. If enrolled in school, the Explorer must maintain a grade average of “C” or higher
  • Maintain good moral character and be a responsible citizen in the community with a good reputation
  • Maintain an appearance and demeanor in compliance with the standards and policy of the Post and the Charles County Sheriff's Office
  • Have full approval of parents or guardian and assurance of their support and cooperation
  • Successfully pass a thorough background investigation, including a criminal history check.

Applicants must not have been denied membership or have been involuntarily terminated from the Post within the previous six months.

Explorer Code

I believe America's strength lies in their trust in God and in the courage and strength of their people.

I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.

I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.

I will recognize the dignity and worth of my fellow men and will use fair play and goodwill in dealing with them.

I will acquire the Exploring attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

How To Join

Qualified individuals interested in joining Explorers Post 1658 should plan to attend two meetings. At the first meeting, the application will receive an application form to complete and return at the second meeting. A review board, which consists of the Post's Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Corporal; a Post Officer; and a Post Adviser, will then conduct an interview. Upon acceptance, the applicant will be placed on a three-month-long probationary status. During the probation period, the applicant must complete 10 hours of community service and may not have any pending disciplinary actions. Once the applicant has completed probation, he or she will be eligible for rank promotions. If two Explorers or one Explorer and an Advisor vote against the applicant's acceptance, the applicant will be asked to reapply in six months.

If you have questions regarding Explorers, please e-mail the Post Advisor, Cpl. Rhett Calloway, at callowayr@ccso.us.

Rank Structure

Explorer Post 1658 consists of the following ranks:

  • Explorer 1
  • Explorer 2
  • Explorer First Class
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain

Requirements for Explorer 1

  • Must be voted in by the Entrance Board consisting of qualified voting members of the Post
  • Must complete 10 hours of community service

Requirements for Explorer 2

  • Must complete the three-month probation period without incident
  • Must complete 20 hours of community service

Requirements for Explorer First Class

  • Must be a member of the Post in good standing for at least four months
  • Must complete 30 hours of community service
  • Must attend at least 70 percent of meetings within the previous three months
  • Must be ride-along certified as per the Charles County Sheriff’s Office's Administrative and Operational Manual

Requirements for Corporal (Squad Leaders)

  • Must be a member of the Post in good standing for at least six months
  • Must have attended at least 75 percent of the meetings within the previous three months
  • Must have completed at least two ride-alongs as an Explorer First Class and completed a two-page report on a topic approved by a Post Advisor
  • Must complete 20 hours of community service
  • Must obtain a score of at least 70 percent on a written exam

Requirements for Sergeant

  • Must be a member of the Post in good standing for at least six months
  • Must have attended at least 80 percent of the meetings within the previous four months
  • Must compose a 10-minute speech about a police-related topic approved by a Post Advisor, and the speech must obtain a passing grade from all Advisors
  • Must complete at least three ride-alongs as a Corporal, and papers noting each call and notes from each report must be submitted to the Advisor at the beginning the meeting following the ride-along
  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Must obtain the Crime Prevention Ribbon
  • Must be a squad leader or in another Post leadership position for at least two months in good standing
  • Must obtain a 70 percent on a written exam

Requirements for Lieutenant

  • Must be a member of the Post in good standing for at least six months
  • Must have attended at least 80 percent of the meetings within the previous six months
  • Must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Must score at least 70 percent on a 50– to 100-question test on Post bylaws, training topics and other police-related fields
  • Must organize and supervise three community service activities, which must be approved by the Advisors
  • Must complete at least four ride-alongs as a Sergeant and must submit a paper explaining what happened each night