The Modesto Police Department Explorer Post is a volunteer organization through which young people, ages 14 to 21 years of age, are trained in different aspects of law enforcement. The goals of the Explorer Post are to train young adults for a future in law enforcement through various activities within the community. Explorers have participated in many events, such as National Night Out, neighborhood watch meetings, and various annual parades.
In addition to community service, Explorers train regularly in many areas of law enforcement. Training such as traffic stops, search and seizure, effective communication, and the law enforcement code of ethics, prepare Explorers for a career in law enforcement.
Explorers also have the opportunity to participate in regular ride-alongs with police officers. Explorers learn through using the radio, the mobile data computer, directing traffic, and helping the officer complete reports. It is through ride-alongs that Explorers learn the most about the law enforcement profession.
Each year the Modesto Police Department Explorer Post volunteers about 1,200 hours serving the community and participates in ride-alongs.
How to Become an Explorer
Be interested in a future career in law enforcement
Be 14 to 21 years of age
Have a 2 or higher GPA in high school or in college
Attend mandatory biweekly meetings
Have no serious arrests or convictions
Be able to volunteer a minimum of 22 hours a month
Pass an oral board
Pass a background investigation
Have outstanding ethical and moral standards
Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in Explorer activities