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Police Explorers

The Orange Police Explorer Post was founded in 1963.  Post #266 was the first municipal police department Explorer Post established in the United States.  Our explorer post welcomes motivated young adults who are interested in participating in law enforcement programs and learning first-hand the fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are of good moral character
  • Are between 14 and 20 years old
  • Live within the boundaries of the Orange Unified School District (high school or college student)
  • Maintain a 2.1 grade point average (GPA) or higher 
  • Can commit to participating in Explorer Post functions and meetings 
  • Have never been arrested 
  • Successfully pass an oral interview and background investigation

Field training includes:

  • Police ethics
  • Physical fitness
  • Formation and drills
  • Participating in ride-alongs with police officers in the field
  • Patrol procedures
  • Police radio codes and dispatch communication
  • Traffic control
  • Community relations
  • Information desk procedures
  • Juvenile law
  • California Penal Code
  • Cultural awareness  

Benefits of being an Explorer:

  • Develop maturity
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Build self-confidence and self-discipline
  • Learn the functions of the Orange Police Department and the duties of its officers
  • Learn emergency response procedure

To learn more about how to become an Orange Police Explorer, visit the Orange Police Department.


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