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City of Carlsbad Police Explorer Program

  • Explorers supplement some non-critical duties of police officers. Explorers are used for traffic control at city events and emergencies, extra staffing for disasters, lost children or evidence searches, and many assignments around the police facility. They participate on ride alongs. Explorers are considered emergency workers and are on-call for emergencies. Additionally, the Explorer program:

    • Provides experience to help young people mature and prepare them to become responsible and caring adults
    • Gives young people practical experience in law enforcement
    • Engages young people in program activities centered on career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership and to develop the whole person
    • Explorers experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and have the opportunity to take on leadership roles
    • Explorers have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment



    • Explorers must be between the ages of 14 and 21 years old 
    • Maintain good standing in school with at least a 2.5 GPA
    • Have good standing at home and in community
    • Pass oral board and background investigation
    • No misdemeanor or felony criminal history
    • Be able to contribute an average of 16 hours per month
    • Complete one phase of the explorer academy within first year

For more information, visit www.carlsbadpoliceexplorers.org or email PoliceExplorers@carlsbadca.gov.