The Lakeland Police Department's Explorer Program is designed for young adults who are interested in Law Enforcement as a possible career choice. Police Explorers receive training at weekly meetings and specially scheduled training sessions. As an Explorer, participants are trained in all areas of law enforcement including:
· Traffic Stops
· Accident Investigations
· Crisis Intervention
· Domestic Violence
· First Aid
· Search and Arrest
. In-progress Calls
· Crime Scene Processing
· Criminal and State Statues
Also, each year Explorers compete in the State Explorers' Competition with other young adults from across Florida.
To join the Explorer's program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
· Be between the ages of 14 and 21
· Maintain a 2.0 GPA (in school or college prep courses)
· Attend weekly meetings and other training/community functions
· Pass an oral review board conducted by the Advisors and Ranking Explorers
Explorer Meetings are held every Monday from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at the Lakeland Police Department Training Center located at 3131 Centurion Drive.
Explorers are also allowed to participate in ride-alongs with officers to learn and gain real-life experiences. Explorers must have reached the age of 16, completed the 40 hour Ride-Along Academy and have advisor approval.