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Explorer Program





Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who are between the ages of 14 and 21 years old, and interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.


The Explorer Program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

The Bartow Police Department Explorer's Program is designed for young adults who are interested in Law Enforcement as a possible career choice. Explorers receive training at weekly meetings and specially scheduled training sessions. As an Explorer, you will be trained in all areas of law enforcement including: 


· Traffic Stops
· Traffic Crash Investigations
· Crisis Intervention
· Domestic Violence
· First Aid
· Search and Arrest
. In Progress Calls
· Crime Scene Processing
· Criminal and State Statues


In addition, Explorers compete in the State Explorers' Competition with other young adults from across Florida. 





To be a member of the Explorer's program candidates must meet the following requirements: 


· Be between the ages of 14 and 21
· Maintain a 2.0 GPA (in school or college prep courses) 
· Pass a criminal background check (no serious criminal history)
· Attend weekly meetings and other training/community functions
· Pass an oral review board conducted by the Advisors and Ranking Explorers









Explorers are encouraged to participate in the Ride-Along Program with officers to learn and gain real-life experiences. In order to participate in the Ride-Along program, Explorers must have reached the age of completed the 40 hour Ride-Along Academy and have advisor approval. 


Download an Explorer Application

Explorer Brochure


Last updated: 10/6/2020 4:21:47 PM