Explorer Program


Program Overview - What is a Law Enforcement Explorer?

Law Enforcement Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.

The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

If you are interested in signing up for this program or would like more information, contact Officer Richard Rivera at 480-474-8591 or email.
Objectives of Law Enforcement Exploring
  • Provide quality Law Enforcement training and experience
  • Emphasize the importance of building and maintaining strong community relationships
  • Develop responsibilities and leadership skills in all Explorers
  • Promote physical fitness practices and standards
  • Promote a positive image of Law Enforcement and young adults in our community
  • Provide the highest quality applicants to the Law Enforcement profession
  • Through this education and high participatory involvement, we hope to develop and build better citizens
  • Exploring also builds self-esteem through individual and team efforts, developing pride in ones achievements and in personal appearance
Activities & Experiences of Law Enforcement Exploring
Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.
You will DEVELOP:
  • Respect for police officers & other explorers
  • Leadership skills
  • New personal skills
  • Marksmanship
  • Law Enforcement Protocols
  • Teamwork
You will LEARN:
  • Accident Scene Procedures
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Proper equipment usage
  • Traffic Stops
  • Building Searches
  • Defensive Tactics
You will have a chance to PARTICIPATE in:
  • Ride-a-longs
  • National events & competitions
  • Community service
You will have a chance to NETWORK with:
  • Explorers from across the USA
  • Law Enforcement Officers & Federal Agencies
Benefits of participating in Law Enforcement Exploring
Exploring will be one of the best opportunities you offer your company, your employees, and the youth of your community.
COMPANY Benefits
Cultivate future employees
Impact on the education process of youth
Prepare young adults for transition from school to work
Develop future responsible and caring adults
Improve staff teamwork working on common goals outside of normal work
Visible commitment to the welfare of the community

Increased realization that we are ALL responsible for molding today's youth and tomorrow's leaders
Greater job awareness
Opportunity for greater community involvement
Enhanced communication, planning, and program development skills
Increased initiative of employees

YOUTH Benefits
Practical, real-world career experiences and insight
Stimulated interest in continual education
Building of leadership, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills
Cooperative relationship between adults and youth
Community service to others


To QUALIFY for the Law Enforcement Explorer program, you must:
  • Currently enrolled in a high school, college or employed
  • Maintain a "C" average
  • Have no criminal history
  • Be 14-20 years of age
If you would like to be part of the Apache Junction Police Department Explorer Post 2980, contact Officer Richard Rivera by phone at (480) 474-8591 or email.

Join today to ensure you are enrolled in time to participate in upcoming activities and events!