The Denver Police Explorers is for young men and women ages 14-20 in the Denver area who want to learn about careers in law enforcement. Exploring is part of the program Learning For Life which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.
Explorer posts allow young men and women to "explore" a career field that they are interested in. This primarily allows the young people to make educated decisions about their futures before they invest years of education and training into a career field.
The Denver Police Explorers program goal is not only to expose our members to what a career in law enforcement is like, but to help young people to prepare for a future career as an outstanding law enforcement officer. We take our training very seriously. Every meeting is a training meeting with instruction by Denver Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs.
New members can join year-round, but are expected to attend the next available Recruit Academy meeting. If you prefer to wait to join the program as a recruit class is beginning, email a request to be added to our recruiting mailing list to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you an invitation to our next Open House. At the Open House we will present a detailed explanation and demonstration of how our program works, give applications and answer questions.
We need to see identification documents that prove the applicants full name, date of birth, and which displays a picture of the applicant. If you cannot provide all three elements on a single form of identification, please bring more than one form which combined provide all three elements- the most common combination is a school ID and a photocopy of the applicants birth certificate.\
The Recruit Academy takes place on once a year over ten Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. In order to graduate, explorers are expected to attend all ten sessions.
The Recruit Academy focuses on fundamental skills, knowledge and attitudes and is intended to lay the foundation for future training.
Explorers who are at least 16 years of age and who have successfully completed the Recruit Academy are permitted to go on ride-alongs. On a ride-along, the explorer works a shift with an on-duty police officer.
The explorer will have a chance to observe real life police work as it is occurring. Explorers who have demonstrated their abilities in both training and on prior ride-alongs may be allowed to participate in the low-risk aspects of the officer's duties during the ride along.
As law enforcement is an industry that exists to serve the community, we are proudly involved in community service. We expect each explorer to volunteer time when they can to assist with our community service events.Most of these events involve parking management for special events or fingerprinting children to provide parents with an Emergency Child Identification Kit. We are sometimes asked to help the Denver Police Department or Denver Sheriff’s Department with special events such as academy graduations or community fairs.
Every Wednesday night is a training meeting intended to provide Recruit Academy graduates with more advanced and task specific training. Explorers awaiting a Recruit Academy may attend Graduate Training until an Academy becomes available.