Explorer Academy

Shelby County Sheriff William "Bill" Oldham, is looking for teenagers and young adults who would like to serve the community and gain valuable experience for a career in law enforcement.

Explorers help the Sheriff's Office in many ways. They assist with duties in various divisions of the department, especially community outreach activities. Explorers receive "hands-on" training which prepares them for careers as Sheriff's Deputies, Deputy Jailers or other types of law enforcement occupations. Here are the qualifications for membership:

  • Be between 14 and 20 years of age
  • Have parental approval
  • Pass a criminal history background check
  • Pass a physical assessment
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in every school subject
  • To join: One-time application fee of $20.00--yearly dues of $10.00
Recruits at pistol range learning to shoot WinterFest 2010

National Conference in Atlanta, GA Graduating class of 2010

Recruits at Memphis PD Crime Lab learning to process fingerprints

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For more information about the Explorer Program, email Deputy Amber Roettgen at Amber.Roettgen@shelby-sheriff.org.