Explorer Program

Law Enforcement Explorer badge

If you think your career future includes law enforcement, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program may be for you.

The Explorer program is part of Boy Scouts of America organized under Learning for Life's career education program. Explorer Post 2121 membership is open to young men and women between the ages of 14 and completed the eighth grade and 20. The program is provided so young adults have the opportunity to experience law enforcement first hand as well as develop leadership and citizenship skills.

Post 2121 Explorer program is a year round activity. Explorers meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday's for 1.5 to 2 hours during the evening. All 1st year Explorers will attend a 40 hour Basic Academy. Explorers will learn the basics of law enforcement and the operation of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Explorer members participating in a mock exercise behind two patrol vehicles

Activities within the program will range from Explorer competitions against other posts from around the country, riding along with deputies, classroom and practical training sessions related to law enforcement that include, but are not limited to, the history of law enforcement, traffic law, radio procedure, firearms training, tactical training, crime prevention and patrol procedures. The Explorers will also assist at community events such as the Boone County Fair, Hartsburg Pumpkin-Fest, and the Memorial Day Air Show to name a few.

If you have any questions or you are interested in the Explorers program please contact either of the following detectives:

Detective Chris Lester
clester@boonecountymo.org
(573) 875-1111 ext. 6206

Jennifer Basham
jdudley@boonecountymo.org
(573) 875-1111 ext. 6251

Application Process

Law Enforcement Explorer badge

Explorer Post 2121 has been limited to 24 positions, 4 of which are leadership spots. The Explorer positions available will be drawn from the following Boone County schools:

  • Battle High School
  • Centralia High School
  • Hallsville High School
  • Harrisburg High School
  • Hickman High School
  • Rock Bridge High School
  • Southern Boone County High School
  • Sturgeon High School
  • Jefferson Jr. High, Oakland Jr. High, West Jr. High (meeting the 14 and over age requirement)
  • Private Schools
  • College or University students within Boone County (under the age of 21)
  • Applicants from outside of Boone County will be taken on a case by case basis

Please fill out the application completely and legibly along with all the attached forms.

Return your completed application to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department attention Explorer Post 2121 either by mail or by personally delivering your application.

Boone County Sheriff’s Department
Attn: Explorer Post 2121

2121 County Dr.
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 875-1111

Stage 1

Your application will be processed and if it meets basic standards you will be passed to the next stage of the application process.

Stage 2

Background checks, references, school grades, juvenile office, parent or guardian, will be contacted. If passing this stage you will be contacted by phone for a personal interview.

Stage 3

Finally, the applicant will have a personal interview and parent or guardian final approval. There are a limited number of open positions to fill so the competition will be at the highest level.

Membership Requirements

four Explorer members, in uniform, holding trophies

Membership in Law Enforcement Explorer Post 2121 is open to young adults, male or female, between the ages of 14 and 20 having completed the 8th grade, under the following guideline:

  1. Have parental approval, which includes signatures by the Explorer and his/her parents or guardians on a general liability release form
  2. Be in good health.
  3. Be of good morale character with no arrest or conviction records.
  4. Have a good conduct record at school with the recommendation for participation from teachers. Maintain at least a "C" average while in school.
  5. Conform to the Boone County Sheriff’s Code of Conduct and dress standards when representing Law Enforcement Explorer Post 2121 and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Uniform and Equipment

The following Items are required in order to be allowed to participate in the Law Enforcement Explorer Post 2121 activities. Do not purchase anything until you have completed the application process and been accepted.

  • Uniform Shirt
  • BDU Pants
  • Black Belt
  • Flashlight Holder
  • Flashlight

The following Items must be provided by the Explorer:

  • Boots or Tennis shoes (good condition) Must be solid black in color. NO other markings ie "Nike swoosh" will NOT be approved. - Cost $29.00+

Prices are a general figure and could be more or less depending on where items are purchased. Financial assistance may be available on a case by case basis.