Explorer Program


Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, the Explorer Program offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.


All Explorer applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 14 and 20
  • Not have been convicted of any serious crime
  • Be free of any mental or physical disabilities that would limit participation or place the program and its members in jeopardy of any civil liability.
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in school
  • Be willing to abide by the rules and regulations of the Post

What To Expect

You can expect to have fun, learn a lot about the field of law enforcement, and meet some really great people who are interested in helping you learn about the career field of law enforcement. When you become a certified Explorer you will be given a class A uniform, which is similar to that of the police officer.

Explorer Activities

  • National Law Enforcement Explorer Activities and training
  • Weekly or bi-monthly administrative meeting and training
  • Patrol “ride-a-longs”
  • Community Service
  • Honor Guard
  • Search and Rescue (some ESAR posts specialize in this)
  • Radio Procedure (how to properly use police radios)
  • Traffic Stops (how to perform traffic stops)
  • High Risk Car Stops (how to pull over a vehicle deemed wanted for felony or violent crimes)
  • Building/ Cell Searches (how to search structures for people or evidence)
  • Crime Scene Investigations (how to search for, log, and process evidence such as fingerprints and DNA)
  • Arrest Control (how to properly defend oneself and arrest a suspect)
  • Active Shooter (how to engage a gunman in high-risk situations)
  • Hostage Negotiations (taking control of a situation through conversation)
  • Report Writing (how to properly write a police report)
  •  Domestic Disputes (how to handle domestic conflicts)
  • Weapon Training (Baton, Firearms, Aerosol Control Device (in most cases, Oleoresin Capsicum), Electronic Control Devices)
  • 911 Disconnect Call (how to approach an unknown call)
  • Signal 13 Calls (how to approach a S-13 properly) Bomb Threat Response (how to approach the situation with officer safety)
  • Burglary In Progress
  • Emergency Field First Aid
  • Shoot / Don’t Shoot