The Chandler Police Explorer Program was established in 2009 to give young men and women an opportunity to explore Law Enforcement as a possible future career and to allow them to gain an understanding of what it takes to become a Police Officer. The program is set up to be an educational, hands-on experience and offers its members a chance to learn basic law enforcement procedures such as radio communications, crime prevention, traffic stops, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, firearms training, and much more. The Ride Along program is also available to members after six months of membership. While training in different aspect of law enforcement patrol procedures, members gain first-hand knowledge and experience of the challenges and job skills that make up their community’s police service. The Police Explorers also participate in supporting events such as the annual Texas Clean UP, Kids Fish Day and POW WOW.
The Police Explorers meet at City Hall on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Those interested in the program are encouraged to attend a meeting or pick up an application at City Hall. Applicants are 14-20 years of age however membership is considered for those showing a high degree of maturity and ability. Applicants must have no previous history of drug use and complete a background check.
There is no cost for membership, uniform and equipment cost are supported by the Explorer aluminum recycle program. During the summer months the Explorers also participate in several day trips to museums, Six Flags, and other Police Departments.
For more information contact Officer David Patterson at (903) 515-9067. Click here to watch a video on the Police Explorer program.