Become an Explorer

Become an Explorer2019-03-07T09:54:13-07:00
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Application packets must be filled out completely and returned prior to the start of the next academy class. Every applicant for the Law Enforcement Explorer Program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Reside within the local community (anywhere within a reasonable commuting distance to Tucson, AZ)
  • Have an interest in law enforcement
  • Be enrolled in high school or college in the local district
  • Have no significant prior criminal background
  • Be free of any physical or mental defects that would limit the Explorer from performing all duties and participating in activities required of post members
  • Maintain at least a “C”  average in scholastic work
  • Be at least 14 years of age (must have completed the eighth grade) and not over 20 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident residing full-time in the U.S.

Any male or female young adult who meets these requirements may apply.


Law Enforcement Explorer Post 181 is unique in many ways.  Our program typically meets once a week on Saturday’s from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  We have a 16 week probationary period, similar to a shortened training academy.  During this period, Explorer Trainees must complete 64 hours of training, which includes a physical training program, drill and ceremony, and classroom curriculum that includes criminal law, immigration law, statutory authority, radio communications, and use of force techniques.  Explorer trainees must be able to take correction and discipline from Advisors and senior Explorers.

There are seven tests that are given throughout the academy and explorers are expected to maintain a cumulative average of 70% in order to complete the academy. There is also a PT test, which consist of a 1 ½ mile run, push-ups, and sit ups, which must be passed in order to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Explorers will learn discipline, leadership, respect for themselves and respect for others. Teamwork is extremely important in Law Enforcement, and is a valuable part of this program.

Upon successful completion of academy requirements the new Explorer will be eligible to participate in tactical competitions, trips, and other advanced training activities. Explorers are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings unless the Explorer is excused by the Patrol Explorer in Charge or the Advisor staff.  Failure to attend regular meeting will result in removal from the program.

Typical basic training curriculum include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • The history of law enforcement
  • Patrol procedures
  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Report Writing
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Ethics
  • Self-Defense
  • Traffic control/Crowd Control
  • Accident investigation
  • Traffic Stops – Misdemeanor and Felony
  • Basic first aid & CPR
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Crime prevention techniques
  • Crime scene search techniques
  • Community/public relations
  • Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics
  • Criminology