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Law Enforcement Exploring is a Boy Scouts of America program that provides high school students an opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement. This work-based program is part of the Learning for Life's Career Education program and focuses on building life skills and gaining leadership experience. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 422 was officially established in 2009 and is currently providing Explorers with skills in:

  • Patrol
  • Investigation
  • Detention
  • 911 Dispatch
  • Victim Services
  • Gang Awareness
  • Legal Processes
  • SERT training
  • Search and Rescue

The Explorers play an integral part in program development by designing guidelines, bylaws and entry requirements. Monthly meetings focus on core program requirements, training exercises, and committee products. Membership is open for recruitment each October and can be pursued by filling out the Explorer Application and turning all needed documentation into an Explorer or your high school Guidance Counselor by October 31st.

Post 422 honors the late Jody Rey, a Sheriff's Office Investigator, for her years of service to the citizens of Cherokee County.

2012  Trainings : (coming soon!)

2010 Explorer Calendar



Agency Advisors:

  • Charter Representative: Sheriff Keith Lovin
  • Post Advisor: Melissa Mariano
  • Committee Chairman: Lt. Keith Watkins
  • Committee Member: Brandi C. Watkins 

2012 Explorer Officers:

  • Captain (open)
  • Lieutenant (open)
  • Sergeant (open)
  • Corporal  (open) 

Pictured above right - 2010: Front from left to right: Front row: Susan Maxey - Advisor, Brandi Watkins - Advisor, Danielle Bryer - Captain Back row: Keith Watkins - Advisor, Austin Bevins, Cameron Killian, Kyle McClure, Preston Singleton - Lieutenant Not pictured: Tyler Lambert, Sabrina Vaughn


Other Information:

For those young adults who are interested in a career in law enforcement, there are several scholarship programs available to qualified applicants – sponsored by Learning for Life and available through their website.

Accident insurance for Explorer activities is provided through the Learning for Life, Boy Scouts of America and this cost is paid with the required $11.20 annual fee, payable to Daniel Boone Council from each Explorer.

Although Post #422 is sponsored by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, their activities are not funded by the Sheriff’s Office. We strive to teach young people responsibility by having them ear the funds necessary to support their activities through fundraising events. The amount of expenses that Post #422 will sponsor varies according to participation and funds available in our treasury.

It is the responsibility of each Explorer to pay for their own uniform and should go through their Post Advisor to order the necessary pieces and remain in compliance with the uniform standards.

Program Forms:

Learning for Life Explorer Youth Application
Learning for Life Explorer Adult Application
Explorer Post #422 Handbook/Signature page
Hold Harmless
Emergency Medical Waiver
Ride-Along Program Waiver
911 Confidentiality Agreement

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Last updated: 3/20/2012 3:01:39 PM