NYPD Law Enforcement Explorer Program


NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers

The Community Affairs Bureau will be hosting an “open house” recruitment drive Saturday May 11, 2013 from 12:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the NYPD Law Enforcement Explorer competition at Camp Pouch on Manor Road, Staten Island.  Members of the community are welcome to stop in in and learn about the Law Enforcement Explorer Program. We encourage you to attend, to witness first hand the various competitions that the Explorers participate in and to learn more about the program.
About the Law Enforcement Explorers
Law Enforcement Exploring is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about Law Enforcement.

Exploring reaches out to New York City’s young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department.  Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Exploring events.

Exploring relies on three primary methods to attain its goals: youth leadership, positive adult role models, and the five Exploring Experience Areas.

Youth Leadership: The Explorers elect their own officers and are promoted within a rank structure. Explorers will plan and execute most of their activities. This process will encourage Explorers to see how their self-discipline can either help or impair the group.

Positive Adult Role Models: The positive interaction of Explorers and Law Enforcement Officers help young adults see officers as real people, and affords opportunities to build positive relationships between the New York City Police Department and the communities of our city.

Five Experience Areas: Exploring feels that an appreciation and commitment to the following areas are crucial to the development of all young people: Life Skills, Service Learning, Character Education, Leadership Experience, and Career.


Annually, nearly 2,500 young men and women from all 50 states take part in the week-long Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Explorers Conference to learn law enforcement and fire/EMS skills and tips from some of the highest ranking law enforcement and fire/EMS officials in the country.

For young men and women aged 14-20 who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement and fire/EMS, Exploring offers experience and competition-based learning with lots of fun, educational, hands-on activities that promote personal growth, teamwork and development of dolescent youth.

The 18th biennial conference is an opportunity for Law Enforcement Explorers to participate in several team competitions including arrest and search techniques, crime scene investigation, bomb threat response, and crisis negotiations. Seminars on cyber-crime, explosives, fugitive investigations, leadership, self-defense techniques, postal inspection, narcotics trafficking and interdiction, and border protection were also held.

To apply to become a Law Enforcement Explorer, you may download an APPLICATION.
For more information, visit our website at www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org or by calling our Youth Services Section at (718) 834-8855.

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