As many probably know, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office sponsors a Law Enforcement Explorers Post, but may not know what the Explorers are — or do.

The Explorers are a group affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and is open to young men and women ages 14 (completed the 8th grade) to 21. Law Enforcement Explorers are structured like a law enforcement agency with a Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, and so on. These positions are held by members of the Post. The Explorers learn law enforcement procedures and compete against other Posts demonstrating what they have learned. Our Post has won many awards and is highly regarded in the state.

Additionally, the Explorers learn leadership and life skills. Our Explorers are self-funded and are a 501 (c)(3). Recently, they voted to donate $1000 of money they earned to the Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief.

I couldn't be more proud of them.

The end game of this is to prepare these young men and women for the future, and hopefully, that future includes a career in law enforcement.

Our Post recently had a young man "age out." I was honored to hire him and send him to the police academy, where his doing quite well I might add. The training he received during his time as an Explorer has served him well. Upon his completion of the academy, he will be sworn in as a Deputy and will serve the people of Ellis County.

We would love to have any young men and women who think they might want to join to come visit us and see what Exploring is all about. For more information, contact Deputy Hunter Barnes.