Service Before Self, Honor Above All

Youth Initiatives :: Youth Explorer Program

APD-Explorers-GroupThe Arlington Police Department’s Explorer Post 602 is one of the longest running posts in Texas. Established in the mid-seventies, Post 602 has introduced many young people to careers in law enforcement.

Affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program, Explorer Post membership is open to anyone age 14 to 20 who is interested in pursuing a law enforcement career. Members receive police-related training and exposure that includes rideouts with APD patrol officers. Explorer Post members are also involved in many community service projects in Arlington.

The structure of the Explorer Post 602 mirrors that of a typical police department. Opportunities for leadership within the post occur by promotion. The post is led by a captain, followed by a lieutenant, and a sergeant under the supervision of adult advisors who are officers of the APD School Resource unit.

Law Enforcement Exploring

Law enforcement exploring is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life program. Its goal is to educate and involve youth in police operations and to interest them in a possible future career as a law enforcement officer. Explorers are challenged to expand their knowledge of policing as well as their civic roles within the community through service. Explorers are trained in several different policing aspects which prepares them for a career in law enforcement and the Exploring competitions. During the competitions, Explorers are judged on their teamwork and their ability to “handle the call”.

Ride Along Program

Explorers may earn the privilege to participate in the Arlington Police Department’s Ride Along program. The Explorer will ride with an officer during their shift to experience the real world of police work.

Basic Requirements

  • Age 14-20 (must have completed the 8th grade)
  • Minor must have parent approval
  • Clean background
  • Maintain passing grades
  • Attend Arlington schools or reside in Arlington, Pantego, Dalworthington Gardens, Mansfield or Kennedale
  • Provide own transportation to and from meetings
  • Achieve and maintain basic physical fitness requirements
  • Monthly dues $10

Topics Include

  • Organization / structure
  • Teamwork
  • Standard Operating Procedure
  • History of policing
  • Community-base policing
  • Ethics in law enforcement
  • Texas Penal Code
  • Texas Criminal Code of Procedure
  • Case law
  • Police radio procedure
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Report writing / note taking
  • D.T. handcuffing
  • Traffic control
  • Crowd control
  • Physical fitness
  • Ride Along procedure
  • Scenario acting
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Emergency first aid
  • Crisis intervention/1st responder
  • Hostage negotiation
  • Building search
  • Robbery in progress
  • Drug raids
  • Accident investigation
  • Traffic stops
  • Working in committees
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership


Tuesday nights, from 6 – 8 p.m.
A.P.D. Training Center
6000 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Arlington, TX
South Entrance

Recruiter Contact

Officer Jeff Lee

The Explorer Code

As an Explorer –

I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.

I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.

I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.

I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.

I will acquire the Exploring attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.