Office of the Albany County

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Albany County Sheriff's Office Invites You to Become a Deputy Explorer

What Is Law Enforcement Exploring?

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a Sheriff's Office youth oriented program. It is affiliated with the special interest phase of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Its primary purpose is to provide, through actual experience, a means by which young men and women may determine if they would like to pursue a career in law enforcement.

The program also provides the Sheriff's Office with additional human resources and it opens an important avenue of understanding with an energetic, concerned society of young people.

What Do Deputy Explorers Do?

Deputy Explorers assist Regular Deputy Sheriffs by performing non-hazardous duties such as report writing, bicycle licensing, public fingerprinting, assist in "Operation Child Safe," crowd assistance at parades and civic events, anti-crime campaigns, search missions, and statistical computations.

Deputy Explorers usually work at the Sheriff s Station closest to their homes. Special assignments, such as parades, air shows, conferences, and expositions, will sometimes require that an Explorer travel to other parts of the County.

Deputy Explorers are non-compensated but completely insured while in training and on duty. New members are expected to furnish their own uniforms and equipment upon acceptance into the Program.


After acceptance into the Program, initial training for new Deputy Explorers takes place at one of the Sheriff's Explorer Academies.

Subjects such as community relations, criminal law, demeanor, firearms safety, narcotics control, police procedures and weaponless defense must be mastered. The trainees are required to undergo drill and physical training as well as their classroom work.

Who Are We Seeking?

To qualify for the position of Deputy Explorer, you must:

  • have at least a "C" average in high school,
  • be between the ages of 15 and 21 years of age, and,
  • be of good moral character without any serious arrest record.

Deputy Explorers must meet the same basic physical requirements as a Deputy Sheriff.

The next step in the selection process involves a passing grade on an oral interview and a medical examination.

How and Where Do I Join?

If you decide you want to become a Law Enforcement Explorer, and you feel that you meet the minimum qualifications, please contact the Explorer Advisor at any of the Sheriff's Stations located throughout the County, and listed below. You need not live in an area policed entirely by the Sheriff's Department to become a member of the Explorer Program.

Discuss the Law Enforcement Explorer Program with your friends and family. Make a decision today, explore law enforcement, and provide vital services to your community.

Application and Forms

The following documents are in PDF format

OffenderWatch external website

Law Enforcement Request for Information (DSS) [PDF]

Albany County Animal Abuse Registry external website