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Who are we?

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 2070 is a youth oriented community policing program which is dedicated to providing our community’s youth with an opportunity to explore future career opportunities in the Law Enforcement profession.

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What do we do?

The Explorer Post provides youth with an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a Sheriff’s Deputy by providing training on Law Enforcement related topics, providing education in leadership and team-building skills, conducting marksmanship training, and giving youth the opportunity to ride along with Patrol Deputies during an actual Patrol Shift.

We also offer high adventure activities, such as camping, rappelling, shooting, and hiking.

Explorers also assist the Sheriff’s Office at community service events, such as Riverbend, the Airshow, and the County Fair.

All of our activities are designed to be exciting, challenging, educational, and fun!

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Membership Advantages

Being a member of the Explorer Post gives a young person a unique opportunity to become familiar with local Law Enforcement Officers and officials, thus providing an advantage to the young person if they consider a career in Law Enforcement.

Many former members of our post have gone on to successful careers in the Sheriff’s Office, as well as other local Police agencies, such as Chattanooga, East Ridge and Red Bank Police Departments, United States Army Military Police, and Hamilton County Parks and Ranger Division.

Community Service school credits are also available.

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Membership Requirements

  • Must be at least 14 years of age but not over 21
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA if enrolled in High School
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED if not a student
  • No criminal record or major school disciplinary record
  • Be able to attend meetings
  • Pay $7.00 annually for membership dues and insurance coverage
  • Parental permission if under 18

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How do I join?

The Explorer Post conducts regular meetings every first and third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Meetings are held at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office West Sector Annex, located at 6233 Dayton Boulevard, Chattanooga Tennessee.
Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.

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Contact Information

Deputy Charles Sledge - Explorer Advisor - Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
6233 Dayton Boulevard
Hixson, TN 37343
Office Phone: (423)209-8900

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