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.
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
The Mesa Police Department has an effective Law Enforcement Explorer Program for young adults through five disciplines:
- Career Opportunities
- Leadership Experiences
- Life Skills
- 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!