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Explorers

Oro Valley Police Department Explorers patch

Explorer Post 2011
If you're thinking about a career in law enforcement or are interested in what police officers do, Explorers can help! Many young men and women in your area are having the same thoughts. That's why they've joined the Oro Valley Police Explorers.

What are the Explorers?
The Explorer Program consists of young men and women, ages 14 to 20, who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The program is designed to provide positive role models to our youth and promote responsible decision making. Police Officers are the Explorer Advisors and assist in weekly instruction and training. Explorers dedicate themselves to community service and help the Community Resources Unit during special events such as El Tour de Tucson, Arizona Distance Classic, Holiday Parade and the Town’s Fourth of July Celebration. Explorers participate with Color Guard duties, provide campus patrols during football games and assist with traffic control during graduations.

Most people don't start learning their jobs until the day they start work. Explorers have them beat by a mile. By the time Explorers are ready to begin their careers, they know what they're into -- and they know they like it.

The Explorer Program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. However, you do not have to be a boy, or a Scout, to join. Police in your neighborhood have teamed up with the Boy Scouts to bring Explorers to all interested people.

Explorer Activities
Explorers do a variety of things, such as:

Citizen Academy Traffic control
Teen Academy Ride-alongs
Sports Teams Helping the community
Explorer Competitions Other fun and interesting events

 

What Explorers Learn
Explorers learn the facts behind the laws, from those who know the law.  They are in on the chief methods of crime detection -- from fingerprinting to canine units. Explorers see the legal process firsthand.  They discover the roles played within the Police Department:

Police procedures Major crimes All aspects of law enforcement
Police crime labs Communications center Police headquarters
Narcotics law Juvenile law Traffic and crowd control
First-Aid Self-Defense CPR

 

The Benefits of Explorer Training
Explorers are involved. They apply what they learn to help their communities. They work traffic control, along with police officers, at many municipal events. They find and serve the needs of their neighborhoods and cities.

Exploring is many things -- a chance to meet, a chance to do, a chance to learn. It is good fun for everyone.

How to Join
To join, please contact Officer Kevin Mattocks (520) 401-8446 or visit the Explorer webpage.

Explorers meet every Monday at the Oro Valley Police Department from 5 - 7 p.m.  Anyone from 14 years old and completed the 8th grade to 20 years old is eligible to join.  Explorers must maintain at least a C average.

For more information, questions or comments, please feel free to contact Sgt. Zach Pierce at (520) 229-5137.

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