Corrections Explorers meet inside the Clark County Detention Center, a facility that houses over 3,000 inmates and sees more than 70,000 bookings per year. Among many other things, Explorers learn how to work access controls like interior and exterior doors. They are also trained on how to use the jail's camera system. Explorers see how to watch over inmates to ensure safety within the jail.
During post observations, CCDC Explorers work side-by-side with Corrections Officers in various areas in the facility including the intake and release area, and prisoner modules.
CCDC Explorers learn:
Booking and Intake procedures
Control Room operations
Property Room procedures
House Arrest supervision
Field Services Office/Holding
CSI Explorers learn the basic principles behind analyzing crime scenes. Explorers are trained how to investigate scenes and how to collect and analyze the evidence. Additionally, Explorers learn how to use equipment in the LVMPD Crime Lab to perform tests on items found at a crime scene including fingerprints, hair, tissue, and blood samples.
During ride alongs with LVMPD Crime Scene Analysts, CSI Explorers respond to actual crime scenes throughout the Las Vegas valley and see exactly how they're processed.
CSI Explorers learn:
Crime scene reconstruction
Crime scene searching
Because there is an education requirement to become a Crime Scene Analyst, Explorers must be currently enrolled in either high school or college.
MetroComm, the LVMPD's dispatch center receives over 3 million calls and dispatches officers to nearly 600,000 events per year. Dispatch Explorers use state of the art simulators to learn exactly how to take critical 9-1-1 emergency phone calls and how to send officers to calls for service using the Computer-Aided Dispatch system.
Dispatch Explorers also get first-hand experience as they sit with LVMPD dispatchers and listen in on incoming 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 lines as well as the actual police radio. In addition, Dispatch Explorers work in conjunction with CCDC, CSI and Police Explorers and act as dispatchers during training scenarios.
Dispatch Explorers learn:
How to answer 9-1-1 and 3-1-1 calls
How to dispatch officers to calls
As a Police Explorer, young adults learn exactly what it takes to be a police officer. Explorers are taught basic police procedures that will give them the knowledge on how to handle emergency calls for service safely and effectively.
Our Police Explorers are divided into 4 groups, called phases, based on seniority. Explorers spend 6 months in Phases I, II and III; they remain in Phase IV until they separate from the program. To advance to the next phase, Police Explorers must pass a written test or practical scenario in addition to a physical fitness test.
The focus for each phase is as follows:
PHASE I - PROVISIONAL EXPLORER
Foundations in Law Enforcement
PHASE II - EXPLORER RECRUIT
Basic Police Procedure
PHASE III - EXPLORER
Calls for Service and Career Development
PHASE IV - SENIOR EXPLORER
Exposure to all Facets of Law Enforcement
Police Explorers see policing in action as they have the unique opportunity to ride along with patrol officers during their 10-hour shifts. During ride alongs, Explorers see what it's like to be a police officer on the streets of Las Vegas as they see how and what police officers do on a daily basis.
Police Explorers learn:
Handcuffing, pat downs and searches
Misdemeanor traffic stops
Responding to 911 calls
Much like our agency, we do not acecpt "lateral transfers" of explorers. All new members must begin in Phase I and will advance in 6 month increments. Members may not "test out" of a phase.
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