Yakima Police Explorer Post 275…


Yakima Police Explorer Post 275 is a volunteer law enforcement training program for young adults. The program is sponsored by YPD and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. It provides an opportunity for youth interested in law enforcement to gain firsthand 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, compete against other explorers from across the state/nation, and other crime prevention activities.


  • Ages 15 1/2 – 21 years
  • Background check – Exemplary personal background
  • Oral interview
  • If student – provide most recent school transcript
  • Meet attendance and work performance standards
  • Weekly training meetings
  • One-week long state academy training per year (paid by the department)
  • Pass a polygraph test

Explorer FAQ

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.

Do Explorers wear a uniform?

Uniforms and accessories are provided by the Department. Each Explorer does purchase their own duty boots.

What is academy like?

The academy is para-military and is similar to a boot camp.

How will participating in the Explorer benefit me?

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.

What about the application process?

You must attend three meetings and pass an oral interview, background check, and polygraph exam. If you are a student, you must provide your most recent school transcript.

What are the benefits of Police Exploring?

Explorers earn community service hours 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.

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 a valuable experience for any career field.

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