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Explorers program earns top marks
Members of Explorers Post 740, seen during a training exercise, took top awards at a recent national competition.


For more information about the Explorers program, contact Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Honiker at (770) 781-2222 or

A Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office program aimed at training young people for careers in law enforcement has won top honors for the third year in a row.

According to a news release, the sheriff’s Explorers Post 740 won second place in domestic dispute and third place in cell extraction exercises at the annual Winterfest Explorer Competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

The event drew 2,900 Explorers from across the eastern United States, representing more than 65 law enforcement agencies.

Forsyth County’s program, offered to participants ages 14 to 20, began in 1995. It has since grown to 20 Explorers and their advisers.

The program offers organized, on-the-job training that can prepare young men and women for a career in law enforcement.

Participants must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average and, if in college, be enrolled in at least one course.

They must also have and maintain clean driving records and not have been convicted of a serious crime.

Candidates for the program must also be in good physical condition.

Those eligible to become a police officer in Georgia must be at least 21 years old.