Explorer Recruitment Information

Who: Ages 15-20
When: Second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Patrol Headquarters, 11021 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231, 513-825-1500
Cost: Nominal fees to cover registration, insurance, dues, and uniform deposit.

How to apply: Attend any meeting at your earliest convenience.
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Please download and print the application, fill it out completely and follow the instructions at the top of the page.
When completed, either bring it person to a Tuesday Night meeting, or mail the application to:

Attention Corporal Bryan Robben
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Patrol
11021 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231

To learn more: Contacts are Cpl. Bryan Robben and Deputy Matt McGourty, 513-400-4276 or 513-825-1500. You can also send an e-mail to brobben@sheriff.hamilton-co.org.

About the Program:
Exploring is a program designed specifically for youths between 14 ½ to 21 years old who want to begin to learn hands on in a specific career field. Explorer posts vary in the type of career field but by far the most popular revolve around police and fire services.

Explorer programs are sponsored and run by varying agencies. Those agencies set up the ground rules and training for the individual programs, but are over seen by a Division of the Boy Scouts know as Learning for Life which is the foundation for the program and also provides supplemental insurance. On a typical basis our program has very little involvement with traditional scouting, but the main philosophies apply.

For more information about Learning for Life please visit: WWW.LEARNINGFORLIFE.ORG

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program meets year round on Tuesday nights. Business meetings are conducted on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, and training meetings take place on the other Tuesdays, but only during specific times of the year. We would suggest that your 1st meeting be either the 2nd or 4th Tuesdays of the month, unless you are instructed otherwise.

The meetings are typically held at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters located at 11021 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati Ohio 45231. It is within a half mile of the I-275 Hamilton Ave / Mt. Healthy Exit. The meeting location inside Headquarters can also vary, but the on station Patrol Clerks who work in the main office can always assist you in locating the explorer meeting. The meetings begin promptly at 6:30pm and depending on the volume of business and/or training will typically last till 9pm.

The explorers train hands on in a number of law enforcement related areas to both assist in knowledge of police work and to train for yearly competitions. Every May, over 20 agencies in the area who sponsor explorer posts meet to compete in a local competition where explorers are put in real life policing scenarios.

The Hamilton County Explorer Post is typically a top contender and has won 1st place honors in the competition a number of times including most recently in 1999, 2000, 2009 and 2011.

While at the competition the explorers compete in scenarios in events including: Traffic Stops, Domestic Violence, Stop and Frisk, Arrest Search and Seizure, Crime Scene Investigation, Bomb Search, First Aid, Auto Accident Investigation, Crisis Negotiation, and Burglary in Progress. There are also other individual events like Personal Fitness, Practice Police Examinations, Bike Patrol Obstacle Course, and a Fire Arms Training Simulator.

Besides attending our own local competition the explorers occasionally are invited to other areas for their policing competitions. In the past we have competed at the Villa Hills Northern Kentucky Area Competition and the Wood County Sheriff’s Explorer Competition at Bowling Green University.

The Hamilton County Explorer Post also competes in a bi-annual national competitions which are sponsored and run by a partnership between multiple Federal Law Enforcement Agencies. The Explorers and Training Deputies have attended competitions in Washington DC, Columbus (Ohio), Atlanta (Georgia), Fort Collins (Colorado), Flagstaff (Arizona), and Bloomington (Indiana).

The National Competition is a weeklong event full of training, exposure to local and federal police agencies, leadership development, competitions and networking with other youths from across the nation who will be the future of law enforcement.

Besides the competitions and training, one of the most rewarding parts of the program is the Ride-Along program, where the explorers are permitted to ride along with Deputies on their typical duty shifts.

After 8 hours of safety training, familiarization with the dispatchers and passing a proficiency exam, the explorers are permitted to ride along with any patrol officer in any area the Sheriff’s Office Patrols. The explorers see hands on the real life situations officers are presented with, from auto accidents, to domestic disturbances, to nuisance complaints, to traffic stops.

The Explorers will also be required to work special events for the Sheriff’s Office, along with fundraising events for the program and be available to assist the Sheriff’s Office in times of natural disasters and other emergencies.

All explorers are expected to maintain passing grades in school to participate, remain drug and alcohol free, have reliable transportation and not have any negative contact with law enforcement. The participants are held to a very high moral and ethical standard.

The explorer program is a great opportunity to supplement any high school or college studies. The program will help at an early age to assist you knowing if you want to pursue a career in local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, the military or just be a civilian with an experienced view of policing. The explorer program also allows for exposure and networking opportunities with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and other local police agencies for members who decide on a career path in law enforcement.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to share this information with your family if you are interested the applying for the program. If you or your family has any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us by phone 513-400-4276. Also bring a friend with you or another family member who also is interested in learning more about law enforcement.

Regardless of what you go on to do with the rest of your life, this is an experience that will last a life time and help you see the world you live in from the eyes of a police officer.