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Explorer Program

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Reno Police Department
Police Explorer Post 2104

We are looking for young men and women who are interested in exploring career in Law Enforcement. The Reno Police Department Explorer Post meets every Monday at 6:00 PM. Locations may vary depending on the training for that day.


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The Reno Police Explorer Post is a program for young men and women interested in learning about future careers in the field of law enforcement. Designed for students between the ages of 14 and 20, the Explorer Post offers youths the opportunity to be involved in their community while making new friends and gaining valuable knowledge. The Reno Police Explorer Post provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

Explorers attend weekly meetings, where they learn about the many jobs law enforcement officers do on a day to day basis from the Explorer Advisors, who are sworn officers currently employed at the department. Some of the advisors work in Traffic, Patrol, Interdiction, K-9, etc… In addition to that, there are several guest speakers that come to meetings to explain their jobs. Guest speakers include city patrol officers, K-9 Officers, Narcotics Investigators, County Sheriffs, the Medical Examiner, etc...

Reno Police Explorers wear uniforms furnished by the Reno Police Department. We will purchase the majority of your uniform; however you must be willing to purchase a few incidental items at your own expense, such as shoes, socks, etc…

Explorers also learn through first-hand "on-the-job" experiences in the field, working non-hazardous assignments with Police Officers. Our Explorers provide valuable services not only in Reno, but to many areas in Northern Nevada. Explorers assist at parades, Color Me Radd and Foam Fest runs and other special events. Explorers help Officers at scenes of disasters and other major incidents. Reno Police Explorers also participate in making Public Service Announcement videos, act as role players for SWAT scenarios, etc... 

Reno Police Explorers get involved in countless community projects. Reno Police Explorers spearhead fundraisers for the Special Olympics by participating in Tip-A-Cops and assisting in handing out medals during the Special Olympics. Explorers also participate in the Reno/Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Candy Dance, as well as a number of other charities and activities.

There are several out of state competitions that occur throughout the nation that Reno Police Explorers may be able to participate in. These are competitions against other Explorer Posts that test in areas such as Crime Scene Investigation, Domestic Battery Investigations, Traffic Stops, Defensive Tactics, Air-soft Training, Drill, etc…

Reno Police Explorers will also be able to perform Ride-A-Longs with Reno Police Officers after obtaining a certain amount of community hours. The Explorers will be able to assist with completing paperwork, working the radio, etc…

The Reno Police Explorer program was established in October of 1969. Since that time, many Reno Police Explorers have gone on to work for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. Those that choose not to enter police work have gone on to be successful in their career choices, having first hand knowledge of how city government works. They also carry with them life-long friends.

Reno Police Explorers attend a live-in Police Explorer Academy with other Northern Nevada Law Enforcement Explorers. Explorers must attend at least one academy. Academies are held once a year, normally at a military base and last approximately 4 days. These training sessions are quasi-militaristic and emphasize education, discipline and physical exercise.

Reno Police Explorers will also attend an award and ceremony banquet at the end of the year. During that time, certain Explorers will be given awards for exceptional work, meeting certain criteria, or by being recognized by fellow Explorers and Advisors.

If you are interested:

We invite you to attend one of our meetings so that you can see what the Explorers do, what they get out of the program, and what we expect of our members.

Meeting Information:

Meetings are held at the Regional Public Safety Training Center at 5190 Spectrum, Reno.  Explorers meet every Monday night from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Requirements to Become an Reno Police Explorer:

  • Be at least 14 years old, and no older than 20 years of age.

  • Enrolled in at least 9th grade.

  • Be willing to maintain at least a "C" average in school.

  • Any past criminal charges will be reviewed on a case by case basis (No Felony Arrests allowed)

  • Must be able to meet certain physical challenges

How Do I Join?

  • Attend three consecutive meetings.
  • Submit an application for membership.
  • Successfully complete a background check

Application/Waivers & Cost:

  • Please fully complete the application and waivers.
  • There is a fee of $24 a year that is required by the Boy Scouts of America for the yearly application.

To obtain more information, please e-mail Reno Police Advisors .

If you’re interested in obtaining more information about Explorers in General you can research further here .

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