Police Explorer Program

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The Glendale Police Explorer program is a volunteer program for young people between the ages of 14 and 21. The program allows the Explorers to learn the "in's and out's" of police work and prepare for a rewarding career in law enforcement. During an explorer’s preparation they will be allowed to “ride-a-long” with officers, fly in a police helicopter, perform in competitions and participate in department events. These events are exciting, fun and rewarding for the explorers. The program is affiliated with and insured by the Boy Scouts of America.

Is this program for me?

The Glendale Police Explorer program is geared toward young individuals seeking to become the leaders of tomorrow. It gives them an opportunity to learn many different skills which will help them excel in the future. The program prepares  young individuals to move on to apply to become Police Cadets when they reach the age of 18 and Police Officers when they reach the age of 20 ½. It is our goal to develop young men and women into responsible leaders of tomorrow.

In order to become a Glendale Police Explorer, candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be between the ages of 14 and 17 years old to apply. Applicants must apply prior to their 18th birthday. Explorers in good standing can remain in the post until their 21st birthday.
  2. Applicants must be in good physical condition and able to complete physical tasks and activities required by the program.
  3. Shall maintain a minimum of “C” average (2.0 GPA) while in school.
  4. The Explorer shall have good moral character and not have negative contacts with law enforcement or school administration.
  5. Parents or legal guardians must grant permission for the applicant to participate in the program.
  6. The Explorer should have a strong desire to expand their knowledge of law enforcement operations

All applicants will undergo a selection process prior to being accepted as a Glendale Police Explorer. This process includes the submission of a completed application and accompanying paperwork (including the applicant’s two most recent report cards), an oral interview, and a background check.

What happens after I am accepted into the Explorer program?

All Explorer recruits will be required to attend the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Explorer Academy. The academy meets each consecutive Saturday for 18 weeks. During the academy, Explorer recruits will be challenged physically and mentally. They will study subjects including criminal law, firearms, handcuffing techniques, searches, and other law enforcement practices. After successful completion of the academy recruits will graduate and become Glendale Police Explorers. As an Explorer you will be eligible to go on "ridealongs" and "flyalongs" with police officers, participate in Explorer competitions with other agencies, and participate in department details.

If you're interested in becoming a Glendale Police Explorer or want more information, please contact an Explorer advisor at 818-548-4015.

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