Prim Starting Police Explorers Post at Sheriff’s Department

A press release from McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim:

Police Explorer Post applications available for new post youth 14-20 years of age, interested in career in law enforcement

Bill Prim

Bill Prim

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing a Police Explorer Post. The Police Explorer’s program is a career oriented activity for those interested in law enforcement, and is organized as a non-scouting group with the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Be 14 years old (and have completed eighth grade) or be 15 through 20 years old
  • Reside or work within the County of McHenry
  • Be a student in good academic standing and a citizen of good moral character
  • Successfully complete an application, the application process, and a background check
  • Be able to attend bi-monthly meetings, various other trainings, outings, and events
  • Desire to learn more about themselves, others, leadership, public service, and police procedures

Explorer participants will learn about personal character, leadership, common police procedures, and experience firsthand various services provided to the community with the men and women of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Applications can be downloaded from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office webpage at or picked up from the Sheriff’s Office front office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday. Applications must be postmarked or submitted in person to the Sheriff’s Office by Friday, April 22, 2016.

Anyone with questions can contact Deputy Aimee’ Knop at (815)334-4735 or Deputy Tim Creighton (815)334-2068 or email


Prim Starting Police Explorers Post at Sheriff’s Department — 12 Comments

  1. Prim has been a positive influence for the county.

    So much good community outreach.

    Never had this kind of experience with that department before.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. This was turned into a horrible fiasco in Fox Lake.

    The taint from that leaves a very bad taste right now.

  3. Please, please put someone good in charge and not one of the a## kissers!

  4. Cary has had a very successful Explorers program.

    No need to compare anything to Fox Lake corruption…

    I hope Prim’s program is successful, too.

  5. And exactly how much of the already overburdened taxpayers money will this cost ?

    If you want a career in LE, take some college courses
    and find out if LE is a viable career choice for you.

    Or, join the military and get some good experience.

  6. Anybody know anything about the stats on how many law enforcement people have come through this program?


  7. After seeing Cindy’s question I did a quick search. I did not spend a lot of time but I did discover the following in the Philadelphia Police department:

    “Qualifications required to apply for becoming a Philadelphia Police officer: Option 4: EDUCATION AND


    Education equivalent to completion of standard high school AND successful completion of the Philadelphia Police Explorers Cadet Program, which shall have included a minimum of two years service with the Philadelphia Police Explorers Cadet Program, including 672 hours training offered by the Philadelphia Police Department and an additional 298 hours of community service or external training.”

  8. I think it’s a great idea…whether the individual wants to go into law Enforcement or not

    Scouting teaches teamwork, community involvement plus a way of life that can’t be learned any where else…..

    I spent my early youth in an Explorer group of Sea Scouts and we also formed the Jr.Deputy Sheriff’s League of Cook County…

    great experiences then…

    Great memories now………

  9. Good p.r., well intended maybe, but not a priority at this time.

    Have any positions been eliminated?

    McNamara’s or??

    Any cutbacks on overstaffed jail?

    Moritorium on new purchases?

    I think taxpayers deserve a break and Sheriff’s Dept has a huge budget, a good place to start.

    Any relief would help.

    The “conservatives” on the County Board can make this a joint effort with the Sheriff.

  10. The Sheriff’s Department had a very successful and self funded Explorers program through the 80’s and into the 90’s.

    The key is leadership, as the leadership of that program retired so did the program.

    That program not only was self funded but did much volunteer work from directing traffic at the county fair, running kids bike safety programs, and boat safety programs among other projects.

    If done right it is a plus program in any community.

    What happened in Fox Lake was symptom of poor leadership in the Department not the program.

    This has the potential to be a strong benefit as long as Sheriff Prim makes better managerial choices here than he did in the McNamara crony hire.

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