The Explorer Program is designed to educate youth, ages 14 1/2 to 21, and provide in-depth, first-hand experience in the field of Law Enforcement. Through training and involvement, explorers gain an awareness of the complexities of police services toward the ultimate goal making a possible career in Law Enforcement. To do this, explorers attend a 2-week stress academy. This is a learning environment in which students are taught the fundamentals of police procedures, firearms instruction, defensive tactics, the use of chemical agents, handcuffing techniques and much more. Following graducation, explorers are then able to go on Ride-alongs with a deputy sheriff as passengers in the patrol car.