Explorer Post #2055

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The Mesa Police Department Explorer Post is dedicated to preparing young men and women for a career in law enforcement by developing a fundamental understanding of police procedures, duties and concepts. The Mesa PD Explorer Post embraces a community service attitude and requires ethics and professionalism in all who are Explorers.

What is Law Enforcement Exploring?

Exploring is the young adult career education program of learning for life for both young men and women who are age 14 through 19 years of age. Law Enforcement Exploring is a youth development program centered on law enforcement careers. Law Enforcement Explorers might choose to take part in crime prevention activities, community policing, traffic control, fingerprinting, ride-alongs, patrol procedures and connecting activities with high schools, court systems and national state and local academies. The bottom line is that Law Enforcement Exploring is an action-oriented, hands-on career discovery program. Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America.


  • Be 14 to 19 years of age. (high school age)
  • Have a good moral character.
  • Remain in school while in the program or until graduation.
  • Maintain a "C" average or higher.
  • Not have a serious police record.
  • Take and pass a written exam.
  • Be able to attend Explorer meetings.
  • Be willing to volunteer your time to attend Explorer functions.
  • Be willing to commit to the Explorer code and exemplify the professional image of the Mesa Police Department.
Both male and female young adults who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?

  • Obtain an application packet (PDF).
  • Complete the application packet and bring it to an Explorer meeting.
  • Complete and pass an interview.
  • Complete a willingness questionnaire.
  • Pass a background investigation.
  • Explorer staff and advisors make a determination on acceptance or non-acceptance.

Explorers meet every Thursday at 5:30 pm.  Meetings are held at the Public Safety Training Facility (PDF) and typically last 3 hours. Please call 480-644-4000 to verify there is a meeting scheduled before attending. If you wish to have an application packet mailed to you, please call 480-644-4000.

About the Explorers

ExplorerPatchThe Mesa Police Department has an effective Law Enforcement Explorer Program for young adults through five disciplines:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Leadership Experiences
  • Life Skills
  • Citizenship
  • Character Education

At weekly meetings, they study various laws and participate in hands-on experiences, such as traffic stops, traffic accident investigations, crime scene investigations, evidence processing, radio code procedures and pistol shooting. Explorers not only learn about law enforcement, but are also taught discipline.

Past and Present Mesa Police Explorer program

The first Mesa Police Explorer Advisors were Officer Alan Bradly and Officer Duffy Nielson. The Post started with 17 members, eight of which were also Eagle Scouts.

Over the years, the interest in the Explorer Program has consisted of many Explorers graduating from the program and moving into a career in law enforcement. Our program is a high energy youth group that participates in many aspects of law enforcement. Join our ranks!

Conferences and Competitions

Each year Explorers are able to attend conferences and competitions in different areas of the United States. Some of the conferences the Mesa Police Explorers have attended have been held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Washington, D.C.; Redding, California; Ontario, California; and Needles, California to name a few.

Attending these trips gives the Explorers an opportunity to use the skills and knowledge they have learned during their training. Some of the competitions that the Explorers participate in are:

  • Team Building
  • Domestic Crisis Intervention
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • First Aid
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Report Writing
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Building Search
  • Traffic Stops
  • Obstacle Course / Physical Agility

In order to be eligible to attend these trips and conferences, an Explorer must be active and in good standing in the program. They also must participate in fund raising activities to help raise money for the activities.


Instruction is provided by sworn law enforcement personnel, guest speakers and senior Explorers at weekly meetings. Through prior training and experience, they teach Explorers techniques and skills in law enforcement disciplines ranging from crime prevention to crime scene investigation. In addition, from these weekly meetings and community service events, Explorers gain valuable interpersonal and life skills.

Law Enforcement Explorers receive training that is similar to what sworn law enforcement personnel receive. These skills are then put to the test in a variety of scenarios at state and national competitions. Some topics the Explorers are trained in include:

  • Building Searches
  • Traffic Stops
  • Traffic Accident Investigation
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Evidence Processing
  • Firearms
  • Arrest and Search Techniques
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Radio Codes and Procedures
  • Criminal/Constitutional Law
  • Report Writing
  • Traffic/Crowd Control
  • Emergency First Aid & CPR

What the Explorer Post Is Not

The Mesa Police Explorer Post is not a program for "at risk" youth. An applicant cannot have any arrests and/or convictions for felonies or serious misdemeanors (i.e., domestic violence). A member must be able to work independently and with other Explorers, Explorer supervisors and police officers. The public will hold them to the same standard as police officers and they must be able to conduct themselves in a similar manner. An applicant must be reasonably physically fit and be able to stand for long periods and work in various weather conditions.


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