YCSO Explorer Program

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program isExplorer badge designed to provide young men and women who may be interested in a career in law enforcement with a comprehensive program of training, competition, service and practical experiences. The program helps prepare Explorers to become better citizens and community members through character development, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. Through their involvement in the program, Explorers develop an awareness of the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement agencies.

The YCSO Explorer Program is part of a national Learning for Life program, which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The YCSO Explorer Post 8066 is headed by Advisors who volunteer their time to the program. These officers and civilian employees train and educate Explorers in a number of law enforcement subjects as well as in the YCSO operations.

Although Explorer Post 8066 is law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as Sheriff's Office employees, sworn or civilian.

Value of Volunteer Time
During 2022, the YCSO Explorers worked 290 hours on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and Yuma County residents. Based on the Independent Sector’s national hourly rate for 2022 ($31.80), the value of volunteer labor in 2022 was $9,222.00. Based on the Independent Sector’s 2022 hourly rate for the State of Arizona ($30.13), the value of volunteer labor in 2022 was $8,737.70.


Membership Requirements

Any male or female young adult, between the ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) through 20 years, who meet the program qualifications may apply.

Explorer candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in a formal educational program or have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Maintain a "C" average (70%) or higher.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien residing full-time in the United States.
  • Not have any felony convictions or other serious criminal convictions.
  • Not be involved with gangs, drugs, or illegal activity.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Have a strong sense of commitment and discipline.
  • Pass a background investigation.
  • Be able to attend Explorer meetings.
  • Be willing to volunteer their time to attend Explorer functions.
  • Be willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional image of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.

Scope of Activities

The YCSO Explorer Program combines classroom training and practical, hands-on, activities to prepare Explorers for a successful career in the field of Law Enforcement. Explorers will have an opportunity to participate in minimal risk law enforcement and related activities such as:
  • Crime prevention services such as home checks.
  • Child Identification fingerprinting.
  • Ride-along with Deputies as civilian observers.
  • Telecommunications/Dispatch Center assistance.
  • Administrative assistance to the Sheriff's Office.
  • Traffic control and/or parking details for parades and other community events.
  • Color Guard details for community events.
  • Explorer Academy.
  • Community service projects throughout Yuma County.

Certain scholarships are available to Explorers for their involvement in the Program.

Awards are also given to Explorers who demonstrate and achieve high standings among their peers.


Application Process

All prospective Explorers must attend four (4) meetings prior to receiving an Explorer Application. If you are still interested after attending the meetings, you will receive an Explorer Application Packet. Once you have completed the application, you will bring it to an Explorer Post meeting. All applicants will go through a screening process including, but not limited to, an oral board review by Explorer Post Advisors.

As a prerequisite for joining the Explorer Program, the following must be met:

  • A hold harmless and release form for the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office must be executed by the parents or legal guardian and/or the Explorer if of legal age to sign such a form.
  • All Explorers must have medical insurance coverage.

The Explorers are representatives of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and must conduct their private and professional lives in such a manner as to avoid adverse reflection on the program and/or the Sheriff’s Office.


Uniforms & Equipment

Upon acceptance into the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, you will become an Explorer Recruit and will be placed on probation for a period of six (6) months. After completion of the probationary period, Explorers will be provided with a uniform. All other equipment will be the responsibility of the Explorer and must meet requirements set forth by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.


The YCSO Explorer Post 8066 meets every other Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) at the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office. During the weekly meetings, Explorers receive training and discuss upcoming activities, special events and details. Parents are encouraged to attend the first two meetings and discuss any questions they might have.

Click link to download brochure: YCSO Explorer Program Brochure


Contact Information

For more information regarding the YCSO Explorer Program, or to confirm meeting dates and times, you may contact any of the following program advisors:

Deputy Maria Rosales
Email: Maria.Rosales@ycso.yumacountyaz.gov

Deputy Jairo Cardenas
Email: Jairo.Cardenas@ycso.yumacountyaz.gov

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