An Explorer Post is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a community-based policing program. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions whether they enter the law enforcement field or not. As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Explorers can broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community’s police service. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of police work, the participants have the opportunity to give of themselves to their community. Although the Explorer Unit is law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian.