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Explorer Program

Do you know someone age 14-20 who has an interest in a law enforcement career?

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program is a unit that introduces youth to the world of law enforcement.

Members of the team observe in the performance of their duties for the agency:

  • Deputies
  • Criminal Investigators
  • Administrative personnel
  • 911 Dispatchers
  • Agency volunteers
  • Records personnel
Photograph of a Mesa County Sheriff vehicle parked on a dirt road with the Colorado National Monument in the background

Program duties

Program includes:

  • High school internships
  • Provides members an opportunity to participate and assist with special projects and community events

Activities provide an opportunity for:

  • Youth to learn valuable skills
  • Interact within the criminal justice community
  • Gain a realistic picture of what a career in law enforcement entails

Time requirements

The Explorer Program meets an average of twice a month for training and project assignments.

Apply for program

Application and waiver 

Youth Explorer Program - Application (Revised 2021)

Submit application

Drop off at our office:

215 Rice Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Mail completed application:

Mesa County Sheriff
Attention: Youth Explorer Program
215 Rice Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Interested in joining the program?

If you are interested in the program, please contact:

Deputy Phillip Peterson, Youth Explorer Advisor