Fargo Police Explorers
Police explorers is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explorer a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement. The program is available to qualified young adults ages 14 through 20. The program provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. It also provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their community.
Explorers will participate in numerous activities to include: Tour of facilities, Ride-Alongs, Dispatch tour, Police K-9 Demo, Firearm Safety, Use of Force, Defensive Tactics, Arrest and Search Procedures, Fire Department Tour, Drug Enforcement, DUI Enforcement, SWAT and BOMB, Crime Scenes, Traffic Stops, Traffic and Crowd Control, Community Events, a Summer Field Trip, and an Award Ceremony.
- Interest in Law Enforcement
- Age 14 to 20
- Clear Criminal Record
- Respectable Driving Record
- 2.0 GPA or Better
- Mature, responsible, self-disciplined and dedicated
- Attend at least 70% of the meetings
- Be willing to volunteer time
- Pay annual dues for insurance and remain current
Meetings & Events
Explorers will meet every other Tuesday, starting October 2018 until the summer. During the summer, Explorers will be involved in several community activities and a field trip.
Meetings will be held at the Fargo Regional Training Center, 2802 University Drive N., from 6 to 9 p.m. The meeting location is subject to change. Explorers will be told ahead of time if the meeting location has been changed.
The Fargo Police Department Explorer program can help you answer the question, "Do I want to be a Police Officer?" Through hands-on training, Explorers learn about basic police procedures, techniques and tactics. They also tour facilities of agencies that work closely with the police. Explorers have the opportunity to test what they have learned in competitions with other police explorers. Explorers also help the police department with local community events such as parades and community picnics.
Explorers will receive training that will prepare them for police specific situations, but also to be effective adults in the community. Many explorers go on to become police officers, and the skills learned as an explorer are invaluable.
How to Join
We will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, August 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Fargo Police Station, 222 4 St. N. for those interested in learning more about this program. No RSVP is required.
Members of the Explorer program are non-paid volunteers. To join, you must complete an application. For questions or more information, contact Lt. George Vinson at 701.476.4092
Police Explorer Application