Explorer Post 449

Explorer Post #449

In November of 1959, Orange County Sheriff James A. Musick wanted young people who desired exposure in the field of law enforcement to be afforded the opportunity to do so. Thus, the first Law Enforcement Exploring Post in the nation was established. Explorer Post 449 began with twenty-eight explorers in Santa Ana who had to meet the qualifications of being age 14 to 21,maintain a "B" average in school, have a clean record, be of outstanding citizenship in their community and have a general reputation beyond reproach.

In 1973, after fifteen years of only allowing young men in the Exploring program, the Boy Scouts of America allowed young women to explore careers in law enforcement through membership in a Explorer Program. Maintaining the same high standards for qualification and training these young women diversified the Department's Post.

Explorers serve the community by providing crowd and traffic control during Basic Academy Graduations, County Building Dedications, Mall grand openings, Community awareness fairs, 10 K runs, parades and a multitude of other charitable events. The Post's Color Guard is used to present the flag at City Council and County Board of Supervisor meetings, as well as scouting and civic events. Explorers also distribute brochures explaining changes in parking regulations or temporary street closures, demonstrate to children how to properly size and wear bicycle helmets and also assist in crime prevention demonstrations throughout the county.

To learn more about the Explorer program, call (866) POST-449.