Staff Report

Members of the Explorer post sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department won several awards at the ninth annual Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Manteca at the end of June.

Local explorers competed against others in 35 law enforcement Explorer posts from throughout California and as far away as Snohomish County, Wash., in scenario-based competition that tested their knowledge of the career field.

The local Explorers placed first in Hostage Negotiations, second in both Driving Under the Influence Investigations and Disturbance/Combative Subject, and third in both Vehicle Search and Domestic Violence Investigation.

“Watching our Explorers put all their training to work and hearing the countless accolades from the hosting agencies regarding our team’s performance made for several prideful moments, said Senior Deputy Dave Robertson, advisor of the local Explorer Post.

“Two of our more senior Explorers in the Sheriff’s Explorer Program have recently been offered positions as deputy sheriff and police officer trainees. Both will be attending the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in the coming weeks at the Allan Hancock College Public Safety Training Complex,” he added.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to youth and young adults ranging from sixth grade to 20 years old who are interested in law enforcement, public safety or related fields in the criminal justice system.

To get more information or to join the sheriff’s North County or South Coast Explorer posts, visit