The Police Explorer Program is a program open to all youth from the community ranging from 14 to 21 years in age. The Police Explorer Program is sanctioned by Learning for Life, and is maintained and staffed by members of the Gardena Police Department. It is strictly a volunteer program that gives service to the Police Department and the community. The Explorer Program is a structured program that gives young men and women the academic and technical training needed to become future Law Enforcement Officers. The program also gives Explorers the leadership skills and self-discipline needed to become successful community leaders.
To become a Police Explorer, applicants must attend an Explorer Academy, which teaches the basic skills utilized by Explorers throughout their Explorer experience. The Explorer Program focuses on team building skills and unity, while teaching these young men and women to work together for one common goal.
The Explorer Academy is a discipline Academy that focuses on physical conditioning, reading, writing and comprehension skills, as well as interpersonal communications. The Explorer training also includes technical training utilized by everyday Police Officers. Explorer Advisors and Explorer Drill Instructors staff the Explorer Academy.
Once an Explorer Cadet completes the Explorer Academy, they become Gardena Police Explorers. Police Explorers provide a valuable service to the community by assisting in traffic related duties, fingerprinting of children for “Kid print” programs, Color Guard details for community functions and Administrative service to the Police Department. Explorers also compete in and attend regional and local Explorer Competitions and Fun Days. These competitions challenge Explorers in team activities and also in individual physical competition events. Watch us on YouTube.
To become a Police Explorer, one must complete an Explorer Application and return the application to the Police Department. Police Explorer Cadets will be introduced into the Explorer Program and attend monthly meetings, while being assigned to a Senior Explorer to assist them throughout their Academy training.
If you are interested in becoming a Gardena Police Explorer, please download and fill out an application. Please mail or drop off the application to Lt. Vince Osorio at the Gardena Police Department. The mailing address is at the bottom of this page
For further information, please contact Detective Patrick Goodpaster at (310) 217-9653 or email us.
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