Nature of Work
Explorers receive basic law enforcement training. Explorers may have the opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills, while competing against other Explorer teams throughout the county, state and/or nation, during training seminars.
Upon successful completion of the Explorers' Academy, eight hours in the dispatch center, a valid Florida Driver’s License, and other requirements, an Explorer may participate in the ride-along program (active duty with a Police Officer.) The explorer’s most important job will be to use his/her skills to serve the community and its citizens in a positive manner. Explorers must uphold high standards of paramilitary discipline, respect, honor, and dedication to excellence in all areas of their lives.
Parents, teachers and law enforcement professionals are constantly seeking ways to expose teenagers to positive values and role models. The Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the Kissimmee Police Department is a successful example of how adult intervention can instill responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and self-reliance.
The program is designed for teens and young adults (ages 14 - 21), allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate side-by-side with a certified KPD officer in ongoing training and community service projects. Monthly meetings include a uniform inspection and training seminars.
Explorers who complete their training participate in a variety of community policing projects, including child fingerprinting, school safety seminars and crime prevention programs. Explorers can also assist in various law enforcement details including traffic control and more. Explorers who are at least 16-years-old may be scheduled to ride with KPD patrol officers during regular eight-hour shifts.
To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14-years-old (and younger than age 21), must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades and must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble. Candidates younger than age 18 must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian.
KPD Law Enforcement Explorers Duties
KPD Law Enforcement Explorers commit time to the program and assist KPD officers. Explorers are called upon to assist in a variety of situations:
- Public Safety: To provide assistance to the public
- Traffic and Crowd Control: To facilitate the safe and efficient movements of traffic (vehicles and pedestrians) as required by department personnel during specified functions, i.e. youth fair, pioneer days, carnivals, traffic accidents
- Crime Prevention: Explorers will assist the Crime Prevention Unit in its endeavors to increase public awareness of the principles and practices of crime prevention
For more information, please contact Officer Padilla at 407.847.0176 Extension 3120.