Police Explorers and Police Cadets
Law Enforcement Exploring is the preeminent career orientation and experience program for young people contemplating a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. Its mission is to offer young adults, 14 and have completed the eighth grade and not yet 21 years old, a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities.
Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. Law Enforcement Explorer Posts are sponsored by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Law Enforcement Exploring is endorsed by numerous professional organizations, to include the International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA).
Law Enforcement Exploring has been in existence since 1959 and is a well established and highly respected program that has served as a platform from which countless young adults have launched a successful career with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Many Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, and heads of other types of law enforcement agencies credit Law Enforcement Exploring for providing them the foundation for a successful career.
The purpose of the Police Cadet Program is to introduce recent high school graduates and college students to a law enforcement career and to prepare them for entry into the police academy. These young, well-qualified men and women participate in an organized on-the-job training program. The program includes instructions in the duties, responsibilities, methods, and techniques of the Department.
Participants in the Police Cadet Program are expected to gain practical knowledge of the functions of the Department and the basic theories of law enforcement by attending college and university police science, criminal justice, administration of justice, or related courses, coupled with actual performance in the Police Department.