A Sheriff's Office deputy supervises the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post 400. Participants who are fourteen to nineteen years of age are assigned to the Explorer program, whereas the Junior Cadet program is designed for youths ten to thirteen years of age.
The participants, who have expressed an interest in a criminal justice career, train each week. They study law enforcement-related topics, volunteer their time within the Sheriff's Office, and perform numerous hours of community service at functions in St. Lucie County.
"The Explorers assist us in countless ways," says St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "Explorers help at the county fair, at parades,
with Crime Stoppers, at the Exchange Club CASTLE Chili Cook Off, and at neighborhood watch programs and parades. Explorer programs are well supervised activities that bring out the finest in our young people."
Community service projects include beach cleanups, fingerprinting children at numerous locations throughout the county, and assisting with parking at special events.
Explorers raise funds to support many of their programs through an annual fishing tournament, car washes, an annual Civil War battle reenactment, cookie and pizza sales, and other events.
Participants attend statewide conferences for law enforcement-related Explorer posts, where they compete in law enforcement contests and increase their knowledge of the criminal justice system.
For more information, The Explorer Advisor Deputy Sal Anicito can be contacted at (772) 871-5358.
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