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Lakes Region Police Explorers

The Police Explorer program is for young people between the ages of 14 and 20 years old that have a strong interest in law enforcement. The Explorers learn basic police skills and functions. Explorers develop discipline and other life skills they will use well into adulthood. Explorers are given the opportunity to attend National Explorer events and functions. Many Explorers are recognized for their hard work and dedication and given the opportunity to obtain educational scholarships. The Police Explorers Unit is a Division of the Boy Scouts of America and is staffed by adult volunteers.

Some of the Academic Course Work Covered at Meetings Includes:

  • Accident Investigation Arrest and Search
  • Bomb Threat
  • Burglary in Progress
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Domestic Crisis
  • Firearm Safety
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • Intervention
  • Narcotic Investigation
  • Self-Defense
  • Traffic Control

What is Exploring?

Exploring is Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 14 through 21 years old. Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation. Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Career Opportunities

Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work

Life Skills

Build physical and mental fitness Experience positive social interaction


Encourage the skill and desire to help others Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others

Character Education

Help make ethical choices Fulfill one's responsibility to society as a whole

Leadership Experiance

Acquire leadership skills to fulfill one's responsibilities in society


Young adults involved in Exploring will Gain practical knowledge of and experience in a career Engage in a program of activities centered on career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, and leadership experience to encourage the development of the whole person Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and enjoyable environment Methods The methods of Exploring have been carefully chosen to meet the needs of young adults.

Voluntary association between youth and adults

Because Exploring is voluntary, youth are receptive to new ideas, experiences, and relationships. For the Explorer, these relationships provide a connection to new ways of thinking and acting as well as a new identity as a responsible young adult.

Ethical Decision Making

Exploring asks young people to be responsible for themselves, for a program of activities and experiences, and for other people, thereby providing numerous opportunities for youth to make effective and ethical decisions. These opportunities are enhanced by the influence of capable adults and structured activities.

Group Activities

Exploring activities are interdependent group experiences. Success depends on the cooperation of all.

Recognition of Achievement

Recognition might come through formal awards, but it also is achieved through the acknowledgment by peers and adults of a young person's competence and abilities.

Democratic Process

Explorer posts provide exposure to democratic ideals and skills that are needed throughout life.

Curiosity, exploration, and adventure

Curiosity is encouraged and a sense of exploration and adventure is developed through new experiences that provide opportunities for youth to acquire new skills and participate in action-oriented activities

Post Specialties

This specialty is endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs' Association and is helped by other national law enforcement organizations and industries. Departments and Explorers gain firsthand knowledge of each other. Explorers can support many community-based programs of the department. The post program is supported by national law enforcement competitions and academies


Ride-Along Programs:

The members of the Lakes Region Police Explorer Program must earn the privilege to participate in the "Ride-A-Long Program". The Ride-Along Program allows interested, qualified Explorers the chance to observe street level police work on a firsthand basis. The program exposes Explorers a working knowledge of the field of law enforcement. Explorers wishing to take part in the Ride-Along Program must meet all of the rules to participate and those under 18years of age must have parental permission.

Command Structure

The program is supported by advisors who are sworn police officers with the Belmont Police Department and two civilian, adult volunteers.

Current Roster: Not Available

Explorer Events

The Lakes Region Police Explorers attend many Explorer Events which include, New Hampshire Cadet Training Academy, University Of Explorers, National Explorer Conference and Police Explorer Awards Dinner.

  • No criminal record.
  • Between the ages of 14 years old and 20 years old.
  • Pass an oral board.
  • Attend a minimum of 1 meeting per month.
  • Adhere to post rules and regulations.
  • Maintain satisfactory school grades and attendance.

For more information call MPO. Marcello at 603-267-8351.