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Explorer Post #449 Recruiting


Explorers Academy Class A

In May of 1959, the Orange County Sheriff's Department formed the first law enforcement explorer post in the nation, Post #449. This co-educational program is built for young adults ages 14 to 20 and developed and supervised by Police Services in partnership with local community organizations. The members are referred to as "Explorers" as they are provided opportunities to explore a career in law enforcement.

Explorer Honor Guard

As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to build leadership skills while assisting the OCSD in community and civic events. Explorers can broaden their understanding of the challenges and the job skills that make up their community's police services. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, participants have the opportunity to give back to their community. Although post 449 is law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian.


Mission Viejo Police Services is looking for young men and women who live in the Mission Viejo, California area who are interested in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. Explorers have the opportunity to assist the Orange County Sheriff's Department in community and city events such as parades, health fairs, and during times of emergency such as floods and natural disasters.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must be between ages 14 and 20 (must have completed the 8th grade), must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing with school administrators, be free of any arrest, criminal convictions, and not be on probation, and must be free of any severe mental or physical limitations. 

If you are interested in this program contact CSO Nick Rickers at (949) 470-8495 or email at nrickers@ocsheriff.gov.