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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

Radio Procedures

Person stops

Arrest Procedures

Building searches

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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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.

About LVMPD

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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