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 Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s first explorer post was first chartered with the Boy Scouts of America on October 1, 1978 by Officer Paul Conner, who would later retire as Deputy Chief. 12 years earlier, in 1966 Connor was a member of LAPD’s program and saw it as a valuable resource to young adults. He felt a great debt of gratitude to those who helped him and wanted to give the same opportunity to young people in Las Vegas.
The first meeting was held at the old West Substation and began with about seven members with Richard Beasley and Guy Evans as founding members.
In 1979, Connor moved the post meetings to the new police academy at the East Substation when he was transferred from patrol to head the police academy. At that time, Sgt. Ken Caldwell was responsible for oversight of the program along with his other duties. Connor recruited Officer Richard Bilyeu to take over as head post advisor. Although no longer in charge of the program, Paul Connor continued to watch over and support the post as he rose up the chain of command, no matter where he was assigned. Connor stayed active in the Post and Scouting generally until retirement.
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!
Yes. If, after you join our program and succesfully pass our membership requirements, you wish to change to a different focus area within the program, you may do so without re-applying.
For the first three months of membership, all new explorers meet on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at LVMPD Headquarters. After 3 months and successfully passing the background investigation, explorers meet at the following locations:
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 LVMPD Headquarters
Provisional members wear professional, business casual attire until issued a Provisional Explorer uniform.
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 an orientation meeting.
You must be at least 16 but not older than 20 years, 6 months by the first week of April or October, depending on your application date.
We accept new members twice yearly: in April and October. Our online application is generally open in February and August.
Once you apply, you will recieve a confirmation email and an invitation to an orientation meeting. The process generally takes 3 to 4 weeks.
The process may take up to 6 months depending on various circumstances. Prospective members must pass a full background investigation before fully joining the program.
New members must pay a one-time, non-refundable fee of $34 payable by check or money order to The LVMPD Explorer Program Inc.
You will be required to purchase basic equipment such as bags, duty belts, boots and tactical uniforms at your cost. Class A uniforms are provided by LVMPD and are property of the police department.
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.
Thomas was born in June, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from Shadow Ridge High School in 2013 and is now majoring in Public Administration at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. Thomas currently works for the Clark County School District as an Instructional Assistant at an elementary school.
At the age of 14 he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in law enforcement. After joining the LVMPD Explorer Program in October of 2011 he quickly discovered his love for leadership. Thomas was first promoted to the position of Sergeant in the summer of 2012 after completing the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Explorer Academy and receiving the Valedictorian award. Over the next three years he continued to rise through the ranks until being selected as the program Commander in September of 2015.
Thomas attributes every strength he has to the explorer program. “This program changed everything about me. It made me a more capable, confident and courageous person. And I am grateful for that every day,” he says. Thomas is currently awaiting his upcoming 21st birthday in order to finally begin his career as a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
2015: Benjamin Wood
2014: Anthony Gariano
The LVMPD Explorer Program is a non-profit organization and is governed by a board of directors. The members who are appointed to the board of directors are commissioned officers and civilian employees of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
These men and women guide the program and oversee all financial, fundraising and general program operations.
President Captain David Lewis
Vice President Officer Jeff Gentry
Treasurer Detective Matthew Downing
Secretary Dispatcher Andrea King
Deputy Chief Tom Roberts
Lieutenant Ted Glaude
Sergeant Branden Clarkson
Sergeant Andre Bates
Detective Larry Samples
Officer Suzanne Fox
Officer James Langenhan
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