Yakima Police Explorer Post 275
A volunteer training program for young adults interested in Law Enforcement.
Interested in becoming a Police Explorer?
Law Enforcement Exploring may be right for you. This is a program sponsored by the Yakima Police Department and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring is designed to give young men and women, who are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, an opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of the career field by working side by side with Police Officers.
- Explorers perform traffic control at city events, appear at community functions, provide security for local groups, and other crime prevention activities.
- Explorers also ride along with Yakima Police Officers on uniformed patrol, assisting with various duties.
- There are competitions with other Exploring posts from around the state and nation on a regular basis.
- Membership in the post is open to anyone between the ages of 16 and 21. You must have an exemplary personal background and the desire to make a strong personal commitment to the post. There are attendance and work performance standards once you are accepted into the post.
- Because of the sensitive nature of information that Explorers come into contact with while working in the Police Department, it is vital to recruit a very high caliber of youth for the post.
- Weekly meetings held at the Yakima Police Department consist of law enforcement training, including:
- State academies are held twice a year. Each Explorer is required to attend one week-long academy a year. Academy fees are paid by the Department.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I become a Police Explorer?
- Come to one of the weekly meetings held each Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Yakima Police Department.
- What about the application process?
- You must attend 3 meetings, pass an oral interview, background check, and polygraph exam. If you are a student, you must provide your most recent school transcript.
- Do Explorers wear a uniform?
- Uniforms and accessories are provided by the Department. Each Explorer does purchase their own duty boots.
- What are the benefits of Police Exploring?
- Explorers earn community services for college portfolios. There are also scholarships that are only open to Explorers and you earn real-life Police experience through ride alongs and training.
- What is academy like?
- The academy is para-military and is similar to a boot camp.
- Do I have to be interested in being a Police Officer to be an Explorer?
- No. Exploring is open to anyone who meets the qualifications and is valuable experience for any career field.
Current and alumni members of this award-winning organization have found positions in the Yakima Police Department and other Law Enforcement agencies as Police Officers, Reserve Police Officers, law enforcement dispatchers and services personnel.