Law Enforcement Explorers Post
Getting Youth Involved with Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Exploring is a part of the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) “Learning for Life” Program. It is designed to acquaint young people with the nature and complexity of law enforcement.
The goals and objectives of the Plano Law Enforcement Explorer program are to further the Explorer’s education, encourage the Explorer’s participation in a wide variety of community service activities, and enhance the Explorer’s preparation for future roles as citizens, community members, leaders, and potential future law enforcement officers.
Applicant Restrictions and Requirements
Both male and female young adults are encouraged to join. To become a member of the Explorer Post Number 911 you must be between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age, have parental permission if under the age of 17 and be enrolled in a high school and maintain a “C” average in each subject. In addition, you must pass a thorough background check and a structured review board as well as complete the Basic Explorer Training Program. Explorers are volunteers and are not commissioned as sworn peace officers and have no enforcement authority beyond that of any citizen.
Explorer Post Number 911 is overseen by the Crime Prevention Unit personnel. Sworn Officers and Public Safety Officers act as advisers and conduct the training. Meetings are held every Monday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Plano Richardson Police Training Center located at 4912 14th Street, Plano, TX 75074.
To become a member of the Plano Police Department's Post Number 911 Explorer program, please complete the following application:
Explorers are expected to pay monthly dues of $2, plus a yearly fee of $24 for BSA insurance. The Plano Police Department equips each Explorer with Class A, Class B, and Class C uniforms.
Explorers participate in many projects and activities, such as scenario training in order to compete with other Explorer Posts at statewide competitions. Other activities include training seminars, fundraisers, parades and rallies, and safety fairs. Many community events are supported by Explorer Post Number 911, including Plano Balloon Festival, Kids Night Out, and Vacation Safety School.
Earned community hours are used towards ride-alongs with officers. The Ride Along Program allows Explorers to observe officers as they work in the field during an 8 hour tour of duty. Explorers experience and learn law enforcement first hand. To be eligible for this part of the Law Enforcement Explorer program and Explorer must be at least 16 years of age, in good standing with the Post, have parental and adviser approval, and have satisfactorily completed the Basic Explorer Training Program.