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Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters
1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450-4968
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Become an Explorer/Fire Cadet

For young men and women considering a career in law enforcement or fire rescue, the Explorer/Cadet Program at CCSO affords practical training and experience through education, community involvement and public service. Primarily geared to high school students, law explorers and fire rescue cadets are introduced to fire fighting and rescue techniques through a regimented course-of-instruction based on teamwork and responsibility.

LAW EXPLORERS: The Florida Association of Police Explorers (F.A.P.E.) was organized in 1971 to bring together Law Enforcement Explorers from around the State of Florida. Our organization serves as a conduit to unite Explorers and allow them to learn about law enforcement as a career. F.A.P.E. is a youth run program, which reaches out to young males and females between the ages of 14-21 and in High School with at least a 2.0 GPA, and no serious criminal offenses, and allows them the opportunity to become leaders within the organization. We believe as an organization that the youth who are influenced today will become the law enforcement officers of tomorrow.


The Explorer Program is not limited only to those interested in law enforcement as a career. Explorers receive a better understanding of law enforcement in general. This information is beneficial no matter what career path is chosen.

Emphasizing personal accountability, discipline and respect for chain-of-command, Explorers will engage in:

• Instruction in areas of law enforcement, such as traffic stops, officer safety, first aid, crime prevention and firearms safety.
• Traffic control and parking cars at events in the community.
• Attend the Florida Sheriff's Explorer Association Meetings with other Explorers from across the state of Florida.
• Deputy Ride-A-Long Program.


Explorer meetings are held most Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Lecanto. Schedules and locations may vary, please e-mail Deputy Todd Cridland if you are interested in attending a meeting.

For more information on becoming an Explorer or to make a donation please contact Deputy Todd Cridland, School Resource Officer Program, Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Phone: 352-726-4488
E-Mail: tcridland@sheriffcitrus.org

FIRE CADETS: Emphasizing personal accountability, discipline and respect for chain-of-command, the program features training in fire suppression, first aid and CPR, apparatus use, emergency medical response, mitigation of hazardous materials and other areas. Cadets can experience the responsibilities of first responders through the Ride-Along program as they accompany fire fighters and paramedics on actual emergency calls.

Weekly meetings offer cadets instruction and real-life experience alongside professional fire fighters and rescue personnel. The program emphasizes community involvement: cadets participate in a variety of educational and public service projects that benefit Citrus County citizens, and help build confidence and self-esteem among cadet ranks.

To qualify for membership, candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 21 and maintain satisfactory grades in school. Candidates under 18 years of age must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian.

For more information on becoming a Fire Rescue Cadet or to make a donation please contact Captain Brian Sanders, Fire Rescue Division St. 9, Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Phone: 352-795-2224
E-Mail: bsanders@sheriffcitrus.org

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Applicants Must Meet The Following Criteria:

  • Have and maintain at least a grade point average of 2.0 ("C").
  • No serious arrests.
  • No illegal drug use.

Please fill out the application and have notarized: Law Explorer/Fire Cadet Application