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Explorer Program

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Duties and General Information



  • Law enforcement
  • physical training and recreation activities
  • Compete with other Explorers at competitions
  • Volunteer time at various events
  • Participate in non-contact law enforcement activities.
  • Go on ride-a-longs with deputies

Explorers are a division of Learning for Life.  Explorers receive law enforcement related training.

The training includes:

  • Traffic control
  • Building searches
  • Vehicle stops
  • Defensive driving
  • Hostage negotiations
  • Firearm safety
  • Criminal law
  • Narcotics law
  • Domestic violence
  • Defensive tactics
  • Radio communications
  • First aid
  • Defensive weapons
  • Patrol procedures
  • Crime prevention
  • Criminal investigations
  • Accident investigation
  • Arrest
  • Search and seizure law
  • Other subjects


  • Be between 14-21 years old
  • · Maintain at least a "C" grade average
  • Be a United States Citizen or possess a valid Green Card
  • Have a interest in law enforcement
  • Obtain your parents' permission
  • Submit the required application and background paperwork Have no major criminal record
  • Have a good moral character
  • Participate in an oral interview as scheduled
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Have no physical limitations
  • Follow instructions/be a team player
  • Complete a six-month probation
  • Be committed to attend meetings/volunteer at some special events


Interested in the program?

Make an appointment with one Post 503 Advisor and bring the following to the appointment: birth certificate, last report card, valid government-issued identification, and Social Security card.

Coachella Police Department
86-625 Airport Blvd.
Thermal, CA 92274
Ph: (760) 863-8990