The Police Explorer program is an exciting career development program sponsored by the Longview Police Department which provides young men and women the opportunity to learn about the possible career choices available in law enforcement today. Explorers are afforded the opportunity to learn and become acquainted with police techniques and procedures, both in classroom and field environments, including actual "hands-on" field experience. Many former Police Explorers have gone on to law enforcement careers at all levels, including working for their local police department or with State and Federal agencies.
Designed by the Boy Scouts of America, the Explorer program helps to build good character, promotes good citizenship and to develop personal and mental fitness. The program gives youth the means and opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with others their age, as well as with caring adults who share their time with them
The Longview Police Explorer Program is designed around the following six experience areas:
- Mental and Physical Fitness
- Law Enforcement as a Career
- Community Service
- Social interaction
- Citizenship with pride
- Appreciation of the Outdoors
Longview Police Explorer Post 201 offers a week-long Explorer Academy each year during the summer months. Topics of instruction include:
- History of Policing
- Radio Procedure
- Basic Patrol Procedures
- Report Writing
- Texas Penal Code
- Traffic Law
- Crime Prevention
- Accident Investigation
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
- Arrest & Search Techniques
- Juvenile Law
- CPR & First Aid
- Courtroom Procedures
At the conclusion of the Explorer Academy, Explorers are required to pass a written exam covering the topics of instruction.
Post 201 Explorers have been called on to assist the Police Department in various activities including crime prevention events, parades, special event traffic management, and during emergencies. The Post also competes in Regional and National Explorer competitions with the more than 2,200 Law Enforcement Posts nationwide.
Teens and young adults interested in becoming a Police Explorer must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 14 years of age, a freshman in high school, and no older than 21 years of age;
- Must maintain a minimum "C" average in school grades;
- Must not have been arrested;
- Have good moral character; and
- Must register with the Boy Scouts of America.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost anything to join?
There is an initial, one-time fee of $15.00 for registration. Other associated costs with joining the Explorer Post have been taken care of by Post Sponsors. This includes insurance and uniforms for the members. Some Explorers choose to purchase additional equipment, i.e. flashlight, boots and leather gear.
If this is a Boy Scouts program, can girls join?
Yes. Young women have always been a part of the Boy Scouts of America.
Who is the Advisory Staff?
Post Advisors are police officers and other volunteers and employees of the Longview Police Department. Advisor training is provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, the Post 201 Advisors are:
- Officer Roger Askew
- Officer Kristie Brian
- Officer Gene Duffie
- Officer Josh Marrs
- Officer Debra Stiles
- Sergeant Russell Washburn
I'm thinking about joining, can I come to a meeting to find out more?
Sure. You are welcome to attend any of the regular meetings. Coming to a meeting is an excellent way to find find out more about Exploring and Post 201, meet the Advisors and talk to other Explorers about their experiences. Meetings are held twice a month on Monday nights from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at the Longview Police Department..
Scheduled meeting dates:
- March 4, 2013
- March 18, 2013
- April 8, 2013
- April 22, 2013
- May 6, 2013
- May 20, 2013
- June 10-14, 2013 Summer Camp
Can I bring a friend?
Of course. Our new Explorers often bring along a best friend, classmate, or even a brother or sister. You can even bring along a parent so they can see what the program is like.
What do I need to do to join?
Basically, just come to a meeting. If you meet the requirements listed above and decide to join, you will need to complete an application. You can obtain an application from any of the Post Advisors. As mentioned above, there is a one-time $15.00 registration fee.
Who can I contact?
You can contact any of the Advisors listed above by calling the Police Department at 903-237-1199. Remember, however, that the Advisors are full-time Longview Police Officers and may or may not be on-duty when you call and, if they are, they may not be in a position to return your call immediately.
Do the Explorers have an e-mail address where I can send questions?
Currently, Post 201 does not have an e-mail address. You can direct e-mail for Post 201 to the the post advisor by clicking below. Type "Police Explorers" in the subject line of your e-mail. Click here to e-mail the Post.