The mission of the Galveston Police Department Explorer Post is to introduce youths to law enforcement while instilling skills and values that will aid them in any career. Police Explorers is a national program under Learning for Life, which is a non-scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The police explorer program is sponsored through the Galveston Police Department. The program is directed by capable leaders within the department and is intended to prepare young men and women for rewarding careers in a field related to law enforcement. However, the lifelong values and skills taught in the explorer program, including confidence, integrity, honor, self-discipline, respect, structure, and leadership, will be applicable in any field.
Police explorers may be trained in all aspects of law enforcement while being exposed to other areas of emergency services or related fields. The explorer post meets at the police department every Tuesday at 4:30 PM. Examples of topics that explorers will learn about at meetings include traffic stops, use of force, report writing, defensive tactics, and investigative procedures. Explorers will also participate in training scenarios and learn about specialized divisions, such as the SWAT team, riot team, dive team, and more.
Outside of the regular meetings, explorers may also choose to participate in events and ride-alongs. This includes assisting the police department with events such as Mardi Gras and Battle of the Badges by securing command posts or watching crowds. Ride-alongs give participants the ability to shadow patrol officers for a shift in order to gain first-hand experience with law enforcement.
In order to be eligible for the explorer program, applicants must be at least 14 years old and less than 21 years old. Applicants must have also completed the 8th grade and must either be furthering their education, have a high school diploma, or have a GED. Applicants must have no arrests or convictions that would prohibit employment by the Galveston Police Department. Applicants must attend at least one meeting before deciding to commit to the Explorer program. After confirming their decision to join, applicants will be given all necessary paperwork to complete. After this, they will be subject to a background check and interview. There will then be a probationary period before the explorer may participate in ride-alongs or certain events, during which the explorer will receive all mandatory training.
Applicants must attend at least one meeting prior to joining the explorer program. To receive information about meetings and events, text @gpdexp to 81010 and follow the instructions. This will put you in a reminder text from which you can always un-enroll. For questions, join the remind text and choose to message the owners or use the contact information on the sidebar of this web-page.