The Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency Awards program provides an opportunity for posts and their Explorers to earn a series of recognition items that acknowledge their law enforcement Exploring experience. These recognize law enforcement training, community service, crime prevention, law enforcement service, emergency preparedness, firearms training, tenure, perfect attendance, drug abuse prevention, attendance at a national Law Enforcement Explorer conference, attendance at a national Law Enforcement Explorer Academy, BSA Eagle Scout Award or Girl Scout Gold Award, and Explorer of the year award.

The Mesa Police Explorer Program recognizes Explorers who have improved or mastered different skills, attended special trainings, contributed to the department, have outstanding attendance, and other special accomplishments by using the following awards.


Community Service

Acknowledges 500 hours of community service, including crowd and traffic control, parking services, community events, etc.  Service must be pre-approved and logged by the advisor.


Law Enforcement Training

Recognizes successful completion of the Mesa Police Explorer Academy. The following education and training is covered at the Academy:

  • History of law enforcement
  • The contemporary law enforcement role
  • The criminal justice system
  • Radio communications
  • Basic patrol procedures
  • Criminal law
  • Juvenile law
  • Traffic law
  • Investigation procedures
  • Human relations
  • Crime prevention
  • Accident investigation
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Fingerprinting and classification
  • Narcotics control and investigation
  • Arrest and search procedures


 Perfect Attendance

Recognizes perfect attendance at each scheduled meeting of the program during the preceding year.


Law Enforcement Service

Recognizes an accumulation of 100 hours of service, including assistance to the police department in areas such as Records, Communications, data processing, etc.



Awarded to those Explorers who complete five years of satisfactory service to the program.


Explorer of the Year

The Mesa Police Department recognizes one Explorer each year. The Explorer is selected on the basis of dependability, attitude, attendance and contributions to the program, department, and the community. Explorers of the Year are recognized for their outstanding performance and dedication. This is the highest award received by an Explorer.


National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference

Presented to Explorers who attend the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference.


National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy

Presented to Explorers selected to attend the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy.


Eagle or Gold Award Recognition

Worn to recognize Explorers who have achieved the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. highest award and honor (the BSA Eagle or GSUSA Gold).


Arizona Law Enforcement Explorer Conference

Presented to Explorers who have attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Explorer Conference.