Okaloosa has a law enforcement programs at their middle schools and high schools
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has a program called “Okaloosa Country Sheriff’s Office Explorers.” It is open to students with ages that vary between middle school through high school, and is for those who are interested in joining law enforcement, of any kind, in the future. The Sheriff’s Office sponsors the program and the School Resource Officer’s (SRO) really take the initiative to move it forward. The number of students joining this program is constantly changing.
CHS SRO Deputy Randell Joiner says “When we get students that graduate high school and they move on to their college careers, or they move on to careers in law enforcement, or they go into their specialized programs that they are wanting to do, they graduate out of the Explorers program. So we’re constantly seeking new applicants to fill those voids. Any student, we welcome. We never have too many. There’s not a cut off number.”
The requirements to join this program are:
- Must be between the ages of 12 and 20 years old
- Maintain at least a 2.0 grade average
- Be in good health
- Display good moral character
- Complete an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office background check
You can find out more about this information in a pamphlet from your SRO or the website which is: http://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/join-ocso/ocso-explorers/ and if you go to join us on the website then you can also get the application to sign up.
The Explorers meet every Monday at the Sheriff’s Office Admin Building at 50 2nd Street in Shalimar, Florida. Upcoming meetings are:
- June 2 6p-8p
- June 16 6p-8p
- June 30 6p-8p
If you or anyone you know wants to join, talk to your SRO or go to the website and sign up.