Law Enforcement Exploring is a national volunteer organization designed to educate youth by creating and developing an interest in law enforcement governed by Learning for Life and the Boy Scouts of America.
The LVMPD Explorer Program exposes young adults to a career in law enforcement by matching their interests in four specific areas: Crime Scene Investigation, Corrections, Dispatch, and Police. In addition to the training they receive, the LVMPD Explorer Program also aims to develop and refine qualities such as maturity, responsibility, character, civic duty, and personal fitness.
Comprised of young males and females ages 16-20, the program is led by youth members, under the supervision and guidance of adult advisors who are employed by LVMPD as commissioned officers and civilians. Law Enforcement Explorers receive training that is similar to what sworn and civilian law enforcement personnel receive through weekly meetings. They are also afforded the rare opportunity to observe law enforcement in action through ride alongs and sit alongs in various facets of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Advisors are the adults responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and training for each of the Explorers in the program. Each post is headed by an advisor and is assisted by associate advisors. They are commissioned officers and civilian department employees who volunteer their time to mentor and teach our young adult members. These officers and employees train and educate Explorers in a number of law enforcement subjects as well as in various department operations.
Our Advisors care about the success of our Explorers and strive to be positive role models, mentors, counselors, and teachers. They are dedicated to the program and prepare each Explorer to become a leader in society. Advisors expose Explorers to the many facets of the law enforcement profession so they can make an educated decision and decide if they are up to the challenges of the career.
The intent of Law Enforcement Exploring is to educate and involve youth in police operations, to interest them in possible law enforcement careers, and to build mutual understanding. Exploring provides an understanding of the law enforcement function within the community, whether one enters the field of law enforcement or not. Through involvement, the Explorer Program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service. While police personnel remain the key to success, other reliable citizens can also become involved in the Exploring program.
The Law Enforcement Explorer Program will further the Explorers' education by providing them with a basic knowledge of the field of law enforcement including criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigation, crime prevention, traffic control and direction, accident investigation, juvenile delinquency, and other related fields which are an integral part of law enforcement.
The LVMPD Explorer program was created in 1976 and has seen a tremendous amount of growth since its inception.
Throughout the years, many former Explorers have gone on to work in some facet of law enforcement with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department or with other police agencies in the nation.
If you're unsure about a career in law enforcement, this is certainly the program for you! You'll see nearly every part of the police department and how it operates on a day-to-day basis. After spending some time in the program, you can decide if you want to pursue the career. If not, you still will have learned very valuable life skills!
Every other Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the LVMPD Crime Lab
Every other Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Clark County Detention Center
Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the dispatch center.
Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the area command
Explorers wear their LVMPD-issued uniform and are required to bring their complete duty belt, notebook, and pens. Depending on the meeting, additional equipment may be necessary.
Prospective members first apply online. After successfully submitting an application, prospective members must attend a quarterly First Timer's Meeting.
The process may take up to 2-3 months depending on various circumstances. Prospective members must pass a full background investigation before joining the program.
Membership to the LVMPD Explorer Program is free of charge. Basic uniforms are provided by LVMPD and are property of the police department. You may be required to purchase additional equipment such as duty belts, boots and tactical uniforms at your cost.
You may also be required to pay to attend competitions however all efforts are made to pay for post travel through fundraising.
No. While the LVMPD Explorer Program will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, being an Explorer does not automatically grant you a position. You must follow the same application process as other applicants.
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