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Explorer Program

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The Palm Desert Explorer Post Program is for young persons between the ages 14 and 21. Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that gives you a hands on look at what a career in law enforcement is really like.

  • Community Service

    The Explorer program is a very important community based program that provides educational and practical information to its participants. In return, the Explorers provide a valuable asset to the community by working at special events, such as the 4th of July celebration at Civic Center Park and the annual Golf Cart Parade, as well as assisting deputies on ride-a-longs. 
  • Ride-Along 

    Once you become eligible, you can participate in the ride-a-long program. Explorers assist with searches and traffic control, allowing sworn deputies to respond to more critical assignments.
  • Meetings 

    The Palm Desert Police Explorer Post meets weekly to discuss Explorer business and upcoming events. The Explorers receive weekly training in a variety of law enforcement related subjects, participate in a week long Explorer Academy at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside, and participate annually in the California Explorer Competition event. Each youth accepted into the Explorer program is registered with The Inland Empire Council of the Learning For Life Program. They are simultaneously processed as a Sheriff's Volunteer and registered with The Emergency Council of Riverside County as a disaster service worker. Several current deputies assigned to stations in the Coachella Valley have been members of Explorer Post 507.
  • Career Enhancement 

    Participating in a Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a great start to your law enforcement career! Call today and join other dedicated youths in serving their community. 
  • Training

    Training is provided by experts throughout the year and can include the following categories: 
  • Traffic Control
  • Building Searches
  • Vehicle Stops
  • Defensive Driving
  • Police Radio Techniques
  • Defensive Weapons
  • Accident Investigation
  • First Aid
  • Firearm Safety
  • Criminal Law
  • Narcotics Law
  • Physical Fitness
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Logistics
  • Domestic Violence
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Police Community Relations
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Criminal Investigation


How to Become a Law Enforcement Explorer

To contribute your time and skills to your community, please contact Sergeant David Smith at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, (760) 836-1701. Candidates will be asked to:

  • Obtain your parents' permission.
  • Complete the Explorer application.
  • Participate in an oral interview.
  • Submit to and pass the background investigation.
  • Have good moral character.