Explorer’s Program gives insight into a law enforcement career
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Program is designed for students ages 15 to 20. An opportunity to serve the community, learn leadership skills and discover the dynamics of a deputy sheriff.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Kyle McSherry, a 20-year-old BHSU student, has been in the Explorers Program since 2016. He has a desire to have a future career in law enforcement.
McSherry says, “I just enjoy the work and helping people and engaging in the community — making the community a better place to live.”
He is not alone, 18 other students are enrolled in this session of the Explorers Program. Sponsored by the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the Explorer Program is giving participants training in a prospective career down the line.
Dustin Morrison, Lt. Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, says, “It allows our young people who want to potentially be involved in law enforcement, who want to learn leadership skills and better their community, an opportunity to do that and that is what we provide here for them.”
The group meets once a month to do hand on activities, help with special events in the community and even do ride alongs.
McSherry says, “I love doing ride alongs. I do it twice a month, a full 10-hour shift. It’s awesome just to get the hands-on experience.”
“Each month we put together a training. Tonight we are training about domestic violence, we’ve trained about driving courses, we’ve trained defensive tactics, things of that nature,” says Morrison.
Some program participants may even end up working for the sheriff’s office in the future.
McSherry says, “You know, some of these 19 explorers that we have right now have told me that their desire is to someday work for the Pennington County Sheriff’s office, so it’s also another recruiting avenue for us to get people in, their foot in the door and learn about what it is all about.”
Those interested in the Sheriff’s Explorer program can call the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Lt. Dustin Morrison, 605-394-6113.