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Explorer's Program

The Dakota County Sheriff's Explorer Program, run by the Dakota County Sheriff's Office in partnership with Learning For Life, is a non-profit organization dedicated the introducing young adults to the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice careers. Explorers are trained by department advisors in law enforcement techniques, community policing, crime prevention and first aid. The skills they learn are tested at State and National Competitions as well as a beneficial tool once they begin their post-secondary education.


Goals and Opportunities

  Gain an understanding of the law enforcement profession
  Learn about ethics involved with law enforcement
  Improve decision-making and problem-solving skills
  Improve communication skills
  Improve leadership skills


  Have completed the 8th grade
  Be 14-20 years old
  Submit an application to join
  Pass a background check
  Maintain a C average or better
  Pass a six month probationary period

If you are interested in joining the Explorers Program we are now accepting applications. Please click here to get an application!


For additional information, please contact Sergeant Dawanna Witt at (651)438-4736 or







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