Harford County Sheriff's Office

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Explorers participated in National Police Week!

On Sunday, May 10, 2015, as part of National Police Week, members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post took part in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. This event drew Explorers from Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. The teens were honored to be part of the ceremony.

Explorers Program

Explorers Patch

Explore the exciting and challenging career opportunities as a Deputy Sheriff! The Harford County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program offers youth an opportunity to learn about many facets of law enforcement. The program provides an opportunity for those interested to interact with and learn from Harford County Deputies. The program also provides an opportunity to learn the requirements to succeed in a possible future law enforcement career and teaches the explorer about leadership, discipline, courage, honor, and integrity.

You will learn a range of subjects from person's crimes (abduction, robbery, homicide, etc.) to property crimes including burglaries and white-collar crimes (such as fraud and embezzlements). Topics also cover the specialized units of crime scene investigation, evidence collection, narcotics investigation and proactive intelligence gathering.

You will learn that the patrol division is responsible for responding to all emergency calls (911), maintaining order, and apprehending offenders to name a few objectives. The Special Operation Division includes the Community Policing, School Policing, Traffic Enforcement, K-9 Patrol, Dive Team and Special Response Team (S.R.T.) Units.

2014 Officers

2014 Officers

Interested in Law Enforcement Exploring?

To be eligible for membership candidates must:

  • Be at least 14 years of age and have entered the 9th grade.
  • Have at the time of entry, and continually maintain, a minimum grade average of "C" in school.
  • Be a responsible citizen with a good reputation and maintain a good moral character.
  • Be of sound health and be free of any physical defect that would cause injury to themselves, or jeopardize others participating in the program.
  • Have full approval of parent(s) or guardian(s) and assurance of their support and cooperation.
  • The Harford County Sheriff's Office will pay dues and renewal membership fees; (these fees go to the chartering agency, the Boy Scouts of America).

Explorer members are expected to attend all regular scheduled meetings, twice a month, with some exceptions. Members receive basic instruction in all phases of law enforcement including criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigations, crime prevention, traffic control and direction, crash investigation, juvenile delinquency, and other related fields that are integral parts of the modern law enforcement agency.

Explorers are required to participate in numerous details performed by the Post. These details may consist of traffic direction, assisting in public events, fundraising, recruiting, and other specialty assignments. Participation is also encouraged for special Post functions that may include field trips, multi-post regional training seminars, and the Ride-Along program.

Explorers are expected to follow the rules and regulations in the Post manual. Uniforms are provided and opportunities for promotion within the Post are offered.

Contact information to join Explorers

Download the Explorer's Program Flyer