This volunteer program is a vital part of the Sheriff's Office. The Explorer Program is designed for individuals between the ages of 16 and 20. This volunteer position is highly visible in the community and, in such, should be treated seriously and maturely.
The Explorer Program consists of youth ages 14 to 21 who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Explorers assist the Sheriff's Office with parades, festivals, and other community events. The group meets twice a month, and learn about different aspects of law enforcement. Several current full-time BCSO deputies began as an Explorer while still in high school.
In order to become and maintain membership in the Explorer Post, the individual must:
Be in good standing with teachers and principals
If in school, maintain a "C" average in all classes
Not have a juvenile record / criminal record
Please answer all questions on the Explorer Application (PDF) completely with black ink only. Completed applications can be mailed to the following address:
Blount County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Detective Joe McCarter
936 E Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804