Explorer Program

The mission of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 8066 is to provide a working relationship with our youth to better proExplorer badgevide them with the tools necessary to explore Law Enforcement as a career.

The Explorer Program is a part of the Boy Scouts of America therefore Explorers follow the Boy Scouts of America regulations.

Value of Volunteer Time
During 2012, the Explorers worked 3,062 hours on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County residents. Based on the Independent Sector's national hourly rate for 2012 ($22.14), the value of their volunteer labor in 2012 was $67,792.68. Based on the Independent Sector's hourly rate for the State of Arizona ($20.08), the value of their volunteer labor in 2012 was $61,484.96.



  • Age: applicant must be 14 to 20 years of age
  • Gender: available to all youth, both male and female
  • Applicant must be enrolled in some type of educational program (Elementary, High School or College) or if out of school, applicant must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Grade point average must be equivalent to a "C" or higher
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident alien residing full-time in the United States
  • Applicant must not have any felony convictions or other serious criminal convictions
  • Applicant must pass a background check
  • Applicant cannot be involved with gangs, drugs, or illegal activity
  • Applicant must have a strong sense of commitment and discipline
  • Applicant must attend four (4) meetings before joining and receiving a membership application


  • Trained to assist Dispatchers, Detention Officers, and Clerks. 
  • Assist Deputies with low risk enforcement tasks such as traffic direction.
  • Work special assignments, including traffic control at parades and fingerprinting children for the “Kiddie Print” program.
  • Assist with security at the Yuma County Fair. 
  • Participate in fund-raisers with other Explorer scouts.
  • Participate in ride-along with Patrol Deputies as Civilian Observers.
  • Participate in regular community service projects throughout Yuma County such as Home Checks, Bicycle Patrol, Color Guard, and Explorer Academy.
  • Attend mandatory training activities.
  • Attend regular weekly meetings.


Other Requirements and Information
Good physical condition is a plus and be of good character. All applicants need to submit an Explorer Post application. Upon receipt of application, applicant will be contacted for a date and time of next Explorer Post meeting. All applicants will go through a screening process including but not limited to, an oral board review by Explorer Post staff and advisors.

All Explorers must have medical insurance coverage for Explorer activities as it is mandatory for competitions, details and field trips.

Certain scholarships are available to Explorers for their involvement in the Program.

Awards are also given to Explorers who demonstrate and achieve high standings among their peers.


Uniforms and Equipment
Upon acceptance into the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post, all Explorers will complete a 30 day probationary period. Upon completion of the probationary period, Explorers will be provided with a uniform. All other equipment will be the responsibility of the Explorer and must meet requirements set forth by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.


Meetings are held on Mondays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. Meetings are conducted to discuss special events/details and upcoming training. Parents are encouraged to attend the first two meetings and discuss any questions they might have.  

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For more information, contact...

Corporal Wendell Walker
Tel: (928) 783-9871