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Law Enforcement Exploring is an affiliation between the Boy Scouts of America and a sponsoring organization, in this case, the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, to provide young people, ages 14 to 20, with an outlet to explore a specific career.  Many excellent Law Enforcement Officers have come from the ranks of Explorer Posts.

Our Program

The Madera County Sheriff’s Explorer program is designed to give young people, from the age of 14 to 20, an inside look into the exciting and challenging career of Law Enforcement.

Our program is intense and challenging, both physically and mentally.  We believe that if we are truly going to give you a fair and honest example of what Law Enforcement represents, we must stress the importance of every aspect of what police work requires on a continued basis.

As an explorer, you will have the opportunity to ride with deputies, attend Law Enforcement Explorer Leadership School and Emergency Response Training courses.  There will be field trips and competitions with other Explorer Posts for two or three days.  You will have the fun of traveling to new locations both in and out of state.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Explorer Program is overseen by a team of experienced and dedicated Sheriff’s Deputies.  They have had the opportunity to watch several of their members achieve highly successful careers in law enforcement.


A desire to serve in Law Enforcement is not necessarily a requirement.  What is required is an utmost dedication to moral and ethical conduct with a desire to serve the Madera County community with respect and professionalism.

In Addition

  • Must be 14 years old or have completed eight grade
  • Must be enrolled in school with a 2.0 GPA and NO FAILING GRADES
  • No serious contacts or arrests
  • Be in good physical condition with weight proportional to height
  • Have parental or guardian approval

What To Expect

Training in basic law enforcement concepts and other related duties, which include:

  • Traffic Control
  • Building Searches
  • Vehicle Stops
  • Defensive Driving
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Firearm Safety
  • Criminal Law
  • Narcotics Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Police Radio Techniques
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Physical Fitness
  • First Aid
  • Defensive Weapons
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Vehicle Law
  • Police Community Relations
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Accident Investigation
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure


Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each Month from 6:00pm-9:00pm (Madera Post)
Madera County Sheriff’s Department
2725 Falcon Drive
Madera, CA 93637

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each Month from 6:00pm-9:00pm (Oakhurst Post)
Oakhurst Substation
48267 Liberty Drive
Oakhurst, CA 93644

Follow the Explorer Post on their Facebook page.