The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office has introduced a new dynamic initiative designed to build connections within the community and help develop the next generation of leaders in Sangamon County; The Sheriff’s Explorer Program.
Starting this August, the Explorer Program will create relationships between law enforcement and the community while fostering young leaders. Deputy advisors, drawn from the Sheriff’s Office, will mentor participants aged 14 to 20, enhancing communication skills, boosting confidence, and shared understanding.
"I am excited for the integration of young individuals into this program," said Sheriff Jack Campbell. "Our objective is to provide them with real-world experiences and educational opportunities and help develop essential disciplinary skills."
The program's core focus is on nurturing leadership. Deputy advisors will challenge participants with responsibilities, emphasizing teamwork and personal growth. By offering insights into tactical training and court trials, the program provides unique experiences that develop well-rounded individuals prepared for various career paths.
The Sheriff’s Explorer Program welcomes Sangamon County youth to its twice-monthly meetings. Officials hope to bridge gaps, prepare future leaders, and create a positive impact on the County's development.
"We will challenge youth with leadership opportunities, promote personal responsibility, and emphasize the importance of teamwork, Sheriff Campbell said. "Youth participating in the program will walk away more confident, well-rounded, and more mature candidates for a civilian law enforcement career – or any career path they choose."
Those interested can find additional details and how to apply on the Sheriff's website, www.sangamoncounty-sheriff/explorers. You can also get updates on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SCSheriffExplorers. The Sheriff's Explorer Program hopes to help and encourage young people to become great leaders in the future.