Explorer Post 61

Explorer Participants

The Palo Alto Police Department invites our local youth to learn about the objectives and roles of the police in our community and to gain knowledge in the law enforcement field through our Law Enforcement Explorer program.

Law Enforcement Exploring Overview

Law Enforcement Exploring, a division of Learning for Life, is a volunteer career education program for young men and women interested in the field of law enforcement.  

In partnership with the Palo Alto Police Department, Explorers will receive training and education in various aspects of police work, such as criminal law, crime scene investigation, first aid, traffic enforcement, patrol procedures, and more.  Explorers will participate in regular meetings consisting of a mix of classroom training and hands-on application of learned skills

Explorers will have first-hand opportunities to experience police work through a structured ride-along program in which they will be able to observe officers taking enforcement action and to participate by assisting the officers with non-hazardous assignments.

Explorers may have opportunities to provide community services during public events such as traffic/crowd control, search and rescue, natural disaster response, and more (as appropriate to the position).  Sworn Police Officers will supervise Explorers at all public events.  Explorers may also perform volunteer services at Department and participate as role-players in training exercises

In addition to law enforcement specific activities, the Explorer Post will also organize social activities for fun and team development

Explorers will be generally expected to attend a local Police Explorer Academy to learn the fundamentals of police work.  The Academy is an Explorer-specific, paramilitary-style training course hosted at the College of San Mateo during the spring and fall.  The Academy runs for 9 weekends in a row generally on Sundays with one Saturday event.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible to become a Law Enforcement Explorer, you must:

  • Be at least 14 years old, but not yet 21 years old
  • Be able and willing to attend all meetings (two hours each, two meetings per month) 
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 GPA or better
  • Pass a background check and interview 
  • Purchase your part of your own uniform

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications. If you are interested in applying, please download a Post 61 application.

Please fill out the application completely and return it to us. You can scan the completed application and e-mail it to Ruth Carias at ruth.cariasaguilar@cityofpaloalto.org, or you can bring it to the front desk of the Police Department during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) with a cover sheet addressed to Ruth Carias.

We will review your application, conduct a background check, and schedule an interview.

Contact Information

If you have any additional questions about the Post or the application process please contact Ruth Carias at 650-329-2597.

Thank you for visiting our site and we hope to hear from you soon!