The Police Explorer Program is an opportunity for young adults between the ages of 14 and 19 to become exposed to the basics of law enforcement through volunteering. Explorers are taught by Police Officers and Police Department employees. It is a leadership program designed to prepare students to be active in the community, learn more about a law enforcement career, obtain valuable work experience, and take on more responsibility as a young adult.
Police Explorers in the City of San Leandro attend weekly meetings. They may be called upon to provide support to Police Department personnel during civic functions such as Miracle on East 14th Street, the Cherry Festival and career day events. Explorers are often called upon to assist the Police Department's SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Teams as role players during training exercises. Additionally, they attend the Explorer Academy and train for competitions such as the Explorer SWAT competition in Chandler, Arizona.
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Must be between the ages of 14 and 19 at the time of application
- Must be enrolled in high school and maintain a "C" (2.00) grade point average or higher with no grade less than a "C-" or
- Possess a high school diploma or GED with qualifying scores
- Must demonstrate a good level of responsibility and maturity
For additional information about the Police Explorers, contact Officer Ali Khan at (510) 577-0466, Officer Joey Bacon (510) 577-0457, Public Safety Dispatcher Megan Wilske at (510) 577-0647 or email the Explorer Program at SLPDExplorers@sanleandro.org.
Please click here for a slideshow of the San Leandro Police Explorers Awards Ceremony on February 17, 2011.
A special thanks to San Leandro Patch contributor A.J. Flores for providing the slides.