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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.

Membership Requirements

  • 14-20 years of age
  • Arlington resident or attending an Arlington school
  • Maintain passing grades
  • Complete a background check
  • Able to commit to weekly Tuesday meetings from 5:45-8 pm at the Arlington Police Department Training Center.

Topics Include

  • ExplorersOnSceneHandling Domestic Disturbances
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Bomb Scene Searches
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness
  • Felony & Misdemeanor Traffic Stops
  • Accident Investigations
  • Building Searches
  • Tactical Entries
  • Robberies in Progress

For more information about Explorer Post 602 contact:

Officer Jeff Lee
Arlington Police Department
2001 New York Avenue
Arlington TX 76010