The Culpeper Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorer program provides young adults with the knowledge of the law enforcement function in their community and it gives them an idea of day-to-day police operations. Involvement in the Explorer program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service. Explorers are volunteers and not sworn officers.
(Photograph: The Culpeper PD 2018 Law Explorer Program members and advisors)
The Explorer Program is a "Learning for Life" career education program which is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Members of our Explorer program learn about respect, responsibility, honesty, trust, caring, fairness, perseverance, self-discipline, courage, citizenship, and life skills. The positive character traits and skills learned by our Explorers not only make them more confident and capable, but also give them an invaluable understanding of how things work in the real world. Our Explorer program is not only a great introduction to the law enforcement career but to the world at large.
There are minimum requirement which must be met before being accepted into the program:
-Complete an application
-Age 14-20 years old
-Good standing in school (at least a C average)
-Must have completed the 8th grade
-Must pass background investigation
-Cannot be on active probation
-Able to attend bi-monthly meetings and trainings
As part of their orientation, Explorers learn traffic control and radio communications and are issued a uniform and equipment. Afterwards, they are ready to start riding along with on-duty officers and attending special events. At each meeting, Explorers learn about different careers in law enforcement, the justice system, and aspects of an officer’s duties. They practice conducting traffic stops, self-defense, evidence collection, investigations, and more. There are also ranks within the Explorer program. Advancement involves experience with the program, a test, an oral panel interview, and a vote from the Explorers themselves.
Being an active member of the Law Enforcement Explorer can be a rewarding experience for a young person who has an interest in a future career as a police officer. Applications are available at our Records Department at 740 Old Brandy Rd. For more information, please contact Master Police Officer Julia Cole at JCole@culpeperva.gov or call 540-829-5525.