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Explorers Program

Unlike most Sheriff’s Office in the state of Georgia, The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is a full service Sheriff's Office dedicated and committed to enforcing the laws enacted for the Protection of the Lives', Person's, Property, Health, and Morals of all citizens in Newton County. Our goal is to be recognized as a professional organization that values, respects, and honors the rights and dignity of each person we are called upon to serve. Through collaborative efforts, we are committed to improving the quality of life in our community.

With so many unique careers under one agency, you'll have the chance to experience a wide range of law enforcement activities and choose the one that's right for you. I want to extend my personal invitation to you to take part in the Newton County Sheriff’s Office mission as an active Explorer. Come join a great program that offers you the chance to work in an exciting environment and enjoy exceptional educational benefits.

Law Enforcement Explorer Posts are sponsored by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Law Enforcement Exploring is endorsed by numerous professional organizations, to include the International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA). Law Enforcement Exploring is a well-established and highly respected program that has served as a platform from which countless young adults have launched a successful career with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Explorers also assist with law enforcement related activities such as traffic direction, parades, community fairs, and crime prevention programs

Explorers compete in various law enforcement events throughout Georgia and a national competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. These competitions are law enforcement related and give the Explorers a chance to apply the training they have received, while competing against other posts.

Facts about the Program
The Explorer Program offers opportunities in character building, good citizenship, and fitness for young men and women ages 14 through 21.
Law Enforcement Explorer posts offer programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, which provide Explorers with practical training and hands-on experience in those areas.

As an Explorer, you will be knowledgeable in:
  • Criminal and traffic law
  • Traffic stops
  • Domestic violence
  • Investigations
  • Crime scene processing
  • Defensive tactics

If accepted into the Explorer Program, you will gain:

  • Exposure to law enforcement careers and professionals
  • Exposure to the unique aspects of the law enforcement system
  • Education, training, and a knowledge of career requirements for law enforcement
  • Opportunities to develop self-confidence and self-discipline
  • Help in establishing and achieving educational and other self-improvement goals

At the same time, if you are accepted into the program, you will be able to share your strengths and experience by:

  • Giving the community the opportunity to interact with the explorers by sharing common interest.
  • Helping to identify potential law-enforcement career candidates
Involving young people in activities that help increase the effectiveness of Newton County’s own personnel and help accomplish Sheriff Brown’s mission. For more information on how to join, please contact Deputy Patrick Gilbert at

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