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The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Explorer Post 172 was established in 1972 to offer young men and women an insight into the field of Law Enforcement. At the same time, the Post members provide helpful services to the community and the Sheriff's Office. Membership in the Post is limited to young adults between the ages of 14 to 21. Explorer Post 172 has a strict set of rules and regulations followed by each member.

Meetings are held every Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm. Different aspects of law enforcement are studied and reviewed at each meeting. Some of the areas include: traffic stops, building searches, criminal law, domestic violence, defensive tactics, handcuffing, meth labs, and many others. Explorer meetings alternate from administrative meetings to physical training (PT) meetings. When administrative meetings are held, all explorers wear their uniforms. Physical training meetings consist of a physical workout followed by study of a specific law enforcement subject.

The membership in the Explorer Post continues to grow. Adult leaders are made up of officers that work for the Sheriff's Office. The adult leaders provide training and also coordinate specialized training courses taught by other officers from other agencies. This year there have been several specialty classes including FIRST, Man Tracking, Crime Scene Investigations, and Spanish. Through the increased number of specialty classes, we have achieved greater officer involvement. The Explorers also receive advanced scheduling of happening in the program each month by receiving a calendar of events. These improvements have increased the morale of the Explorers and kept the active membership between 15 to 20 Explorers.

For more information on the Explorer Post, please contact:
Detective John Porter at 423-224-1784 or by email at:
Officer Carolyn Crabtree at 423-279-6064 or by email at:

Sullivan County Sheriff
P.O. Box 589
Blountville, TN 37617
(423) 279-7500

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