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Sheriff's Office brings new youth program to Bulloch Co.
Group open to those interested in careers in law enforcement
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Teens and young adults interested in law enforcement also may be interested in joining a newly formed youth group sponsored by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office.

Law Enforcement Exploring is "like the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office version of Boy Scouts or ROTC," said Sgt. Jimmy Billings, who is in charge of the program. The group is open to young men and women at least 14 years old (provided they have completed the eighth grade) and not yet 21 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in the field of law enforcement.

The program is ongoing, and Explorers can remain involved in the group until they turn 21, Billings said.

"Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement," he said. "The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities."

While new to the area, Law Enforcement Exploring is nationally recognized. More than 33,000 Explorers and 8,425 adult volunteers participate in the program, which includes national leadership academies, ride-alongs, career achievement awards, conferences and scholarship opportunities, Billings said.

Explorers learn leadership skills, respect for police officers, new personal skills, marksmanship and law enforcement protocols.

There are also opportunities for regional and national events and competitions, as well as community service.

Explorers will also have opportunities to network with other Explorers across the country, law enforcement officers and local, state and federal agencies, Billings said.

Participants "will learn about the educational requirements for a career in law enforcement and will receive tangible advice on steps (they can) take now to prepare and position (themselves) for a successful career in the field," he said.

The program offers "improved self-confidence, fun and exciting hands-on career experiences, college and career readiness preparation and team building skills."

To join, one should "have a positive attitude and a good moral character, enjoy volunteering and be committed to excellence," Billings said.

Interested parties can find an Explorer post application at the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office reception area. All applicants will be subject to a thorough background check.

For more information, contact Billings at (912) 764-1791 or



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