Explorer Post 601

Who are we?

An Explorer Post is fundamentally a Scout group for young adults, male or female, who are between 14 and 20 years of age and have completed the eighth grade. Chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, Explorer Post 601 is a function of the Sheriff’s Department that puts young people, who are interested in law enforcement, in direct contact with deputies.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Explorers Post 601 is to develop and shape our young people into becoming responsible adults and exposing them to the law enforcement field by teaching them discipline, leadership and accountability. This mission will be accomplished by teaching our Explorers on how to make ethical decisions, maintain physical and mental fitness, develop contacts for future employment options as well as apply policing strategies and problem solving techniques to serve and protect their communities.

What Do We Do?

Explorer Post 601 meets at least once a week at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.  Explorers are instructed on different topics related to the law enforcement field including: conducting traffic stops; completing paperwork; investigating traffic collisions; serving warrants; legal knowledge; and physical fitness and many more law enforcement activities. Explorers get hands on experience through a variety of scenarios acted out by other Explorers and Post Advisors.

 Our Requirements

  To become an Explorers participant, you must:  

  • Obtain parent’s permission
  • Be between ages 14 and 20 years old
  • Must pass all academic courses
  • Pass background check
  • Be interested in the field of Law Enforcement
  • Submit an application and  be selected for an interview with Advisors

Benefits to Our Training

  • Become an Explorers Post 601 Scholarship Recipient
  • Exposure to Real-Life Law Enforcement Activities through Ride-a-Longs
  • Establish contacts for future law enforcement employment
  • Job Offers from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department
Special Duties
  • Parades

  • Football & Basketball Games

  • Community Events

  • Color Guard Detail

  • Competitions


For additional information, contact the Youth Services Division by phone at:

  • (803) 576 - 3000

  • (803) 576 - 1483

  • (803) 576 - 1465

or by email:

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