What if I don't know if this career is for me?


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!


When and where are meetings held?


CSI Explorers:

Every other Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the LVMPD Crime Lab


Corrections Explorers:

Every other Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Clark County Detention Center


Dispatch Explorers:

Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the dispatch center.


Police Explorers:

Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the area command


What do I need to bring to the meetings?


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.


How can I join the program?


Prospective members first apply online. After successfully submitting an application, prospective members must attend a quarterly First Timer's Meeting.


How long does the application process last?


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.


Does it cost anything to be in the post?


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.


After being in the program do I become a police officer?


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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About the Explorer Program

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.


The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is committed to our mission to protect the community through prevention, partnership and professional service. That commitment and dedication extends to the millions of visitors that Las Vegas plays host to each year. I'm devoted to making what I believe is the best police department in the country even better. - Sheriff Doug Gillespie

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