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Sergeant J. S. Pope


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The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the Explorer Post.

The Explorer Program is designed for those young adults, both young men and women, interested in a law enforcement career. For individuals to become Explorers with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, they must meet these minimum qualifications:

  1. Be between the ages of 14 to 21 years old.
  2. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average, while attending high school.
  3. Be of good moral character.
  4. Have a clear/clean criminal record.
  5. Be able to attend the two scheduled meetings per month.
  6. Be willing to volunteer time to attend Explorer functions.
  7. Be willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional image of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Young people interested in becoming Explorers, who meet the minimum qualifications, will be exposed to various career opportunities, leadership experience, life skills, character education and learning how to serve. In law enforcement, Explorers will learn skills associated with, general public service, crime prevention, law enforcement, traffic control, basic criminal investigations, communications, record keeping, public speaking, and riding with deputies once the appropriate time and training standards have been met.

Anyone interested in applying to become an Explorer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office should contact Sgt. J. Pope at (910) 798-4183, or by email