Explorers

The Sparks Police Department Explorer Program Goal: Our goal as Sparks Police Explorers is to bring young adults who are interested in a career in law enforcement into a positive environment, while learning things like teamwork, leadership skills, public service, and professional skills.

The Sparks Police Explorer program is an official program of the Sparks Police Department; designed by the Boy Scouts of America to expose young male and females ages 14 to 20 to the vast careers of law enforcement.  Many Sparks Police Explorer alumni successfully achieved positions in local and state law enforcement agencies. Duties of a Sparks Police Explorer include appearing at community and special events in uniform, community service, basic traffic control during events, patrol car ride-along observation, special event support, equipment maintenance, and basic radio operation.

The Sparks Police Department Explorers meet every second and forth Sunday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sparks Police Department, unless otherwise specified. Sparks Police Explorers are challenged to learn and perform many of the normal duties of a Police Officer during their training scenarios. Explorers learn in both the classroom and field environment, including actual “hands-on” experience. Presentations include training on police duties, forensic science, self-defense, investigation, and even firearms and weaponry. The Sparks Police Explorers wear uniforms that are purchased by the Sparks Police Department but are a different color from that of an officer to differentiate them while in public view. Explorers provide their own duty belt, pants, and shoes.

Throughout the year the Explorers plan and participate in fundraisers of their choice to raise money for competitions. The Sparks Police Explorers have attended local and national competitions or training to showcase their training and skills learned at their meetings.

To be eligible to join the Sparks Police Department Explorer Post #106 you must be under the age of 21, but at least 14 and have successfully completed 8th grade. If you are in school you are required to have and maintain a 2.0 GPA and you must pass a background check.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sparks Police Explorer post, please send us an email with your information.

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