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Explorer Program

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The Position

Police Explorers assist officers, the Police Department and community in a non law enforcement capacity. Those duties may include traffic direction, crowd control at specific functions, law enforcement/Exploring presentations, or a variety of other duties in support of and at the direction of field officers. In addition to law enforcement or police related activities, Explorers are encouraged to become involved in many Post social events such as field trips, camping trips, as well as Explorer Scouting sponsored events throughout San Diego County, California, and the United States.


  • Minimum age of 15 years and in the 9th grade. (Resignation is mandatory by age 21.)
  • Enrollment in an accredited high school and/or have successfully graduated. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better and to furnish their quarterly reports.
  • Eyesight must be good and color vision acceptable.
  • After submitting an application, the applicant must successfully pass a background investigation and an oral interview.
  • After acceptance, applicants will be required to successfully complete an Explorer Academy during their first year. This can be either the Beta Academy or the week long live-in academy.
  • Each explorer is required to purchase their own uniform, although some items are available on a loan basis.

Application Procedure

All prospective members are required to attend four consecutive meetings after which, they may obtain an application and an advisor will be available to answer any questions they may have at that time. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 1800 hours (6:00 PM) in the Community Meeting Room at the National City Police Department, 1200 National City Blvd. The subsequent application process will follow and the applicant will be notified whether or not their application has been accepted and of the dates and times of the next steps in the application process.