Disciplined. Prepared. Successful.
That is how we would describe the students who come out of the Explorers program. The goal is to help equip students to become agents for positive change in their community.
We help Explorers become more aware of their surroundings and make wise choices that keep them safe and out of trouble. Students who come through the program will be better prepared to enter the police force, become EMTs, enter the military or be more successful in whatever career they choose.
Explorers learn about how to conduct themselves in a wide variety of situations. For example, they are trained in domestic violence, how to behave when stopped by police, what not to post on the internet, the right way to obtain justice if their rights have been violated, self-defense and physical fitness. If anger management is an issue, we work closely with students to help them develop better habits.
Field trips and guest speakers are organized so that students are fully aware of the demands of a career in law enforcement, from visiting the Museum of Law Enforcement to going to the funerals of officers who have died in the line of duty. They also have the chance to meet with police sketch artists and EMTs.
Explorers must meet certain requirements to remain in the program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Physical fitness (same requirements as the Police Academy; we help train)
- 75 community service hours per year
- CPR and First Aid certification within first 2 years of being an Explorer
- Drug free
As they achieve this and continue in the program, they can increase in rank. They start as an Explorer, then Squad Leader, then Sergeant. These promotions help motivate students to greater levels of excellence.
Our Explorers are going on to college, the military or are pursuing careers in law enforcement or emergency medical services. No matter where they go, their experience as an Explorer is aimed to give them the discipline, accountability, maturity and skills to succeed.