Law Enforcement Explorers is a program sponsored by both the Boy Scouts of American and Law Enforcement agencies throughout the country.  Exploring is endorsed by both the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The program has been around since the early 1970’s and started at the Coolidge Police Department in 1975.  The program is specifically designed for young men and women ages 14 to 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.  Explorers receive training in many aspects of law enforcement from simple fingerprinting to major case preparation.  Training is just a small part of the Explorer program.  Explorers also provide service to both the community and the police department through community service projects such as McGruff, fingerprinting small children, and registering and conducting safety inspections of bicycles.  During civic events like the Coolidge Cotton Days, Explorers assist in locating lost children and providing security.

The Coolidge Explorers work hand in hand with officers, dispatchers, clerks, and clerical personnel during ride-alongs with officers and while working at the police department.  In addition to the law enforcement training, Explorers receive computer training, clerical skills and the opportunity to obtain skills in a business environment while communicating with professionals on a one on one basis.

Exploring Guidelines