The Explorer Program consists of young men and women, ages 14 to 20, who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The program is designed to provide positive role models to our youth and promote responsible decision making. Police Officers are the Explorer Advisors and assist in weekly instruction and training. Explorers dedicate themselves to community service and help the Community Resources Unit during special events such as El Tour de Tucson, Arizona Distance Classic, Holiday Parade and the Town’s Fourth of July Celebration. Explorers participate with Color Guard duties, provide campus patrols during football games and assist with traffic control during graduations.
Most people don’t start learning their jobs until the day they start work. Explorers have them beat by a mile. By the time Explorers are ready to begin their careers, they know what they’re into — and they know they like it.
Explorers learn the facts behind the laws, from those who know the law. They are in on the chief methods of crime detection — from fingerprinting to canine units. Explorers see the legal process firsthand. They discover the roles played within the Police Department.
The Benefits of Explorer Training are, Explorers are involved. They apply what they learn to help their communities. They work with police officers, at many municipal events and serve the needs of their neighborhoods and community.
Exploring is many things — a chance to meet, a chance to do, a chance to learn.
To join, please contact Officer Kevin Mattocks (520) 401-8446 or visit the Explorer webpage.
Explorers meet every Monday at the Oro Valley Police Department from 5 – 7 p.m. Anyone from 14 years old and completed the 8th grade to 20 years old is eligible to join. Explorers must maintain at least a C average.