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D.C.D.S.P.B.A. Explorer Program

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Join our team, become a Law Enforcement Explorer!

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Thank you for your interest in the Dutchess County Deputy Sheriff's P.B.A. Law Enforcement Explorer Program. We are a chartered Boy Scouts of America Exploring Post that provides training and experiences in the field of Law Enforcement to Dutchess County youths. Our Explorer Program is for young adults, ranging from ages 14 to 20, who not only have an interest in Law Enforcement, but also an interest in community service, leadership and physical fitness.

This program is hosted at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center (DCSO LEC) with meetings scheduled twice a month, usually every other Monday, between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The DCSO LEC is located at 108 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Additional activities, field trips and community service projects can occur off site, with location and dates provided once determined. This program begins early October and ends in June with a cadet graduation ceremony.

There are costs associated with our Explorer Program. A $155 payment to “D.C.D.S.P.B.A.” is due at enrolment. This payment covers the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) membership fee and other program expenses such as a uniform hat & shirt. Each year after, returning cadets will be responsible for the $55 BSA membership renewal fee which is due each September.

Our Explorer Program is not a "scared straight" program for troubled youth, and we expect our cadets to hold themselves to specific standards as outlined in our rules & regulations handbook. If you have any questions regarding our youth Explorer Program, please contact our Post Advisor - Deputy Sheriff Joseph Wasilewski via email at

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