The Boy Scouts of America sponsors Explorer programs in various professions, including fire fighting, medical professions, chemistry, high adventure, and law enforcement. The Tomball Police Department participates in the Police Explorer program through Public Safety Explorer Post #5451, established in November 2009.
Explorers assist in Kidprint at Community Events
Explorer Posts hold frequent meetings and Training Sessions
Assist in traffic control at Special Events
Explorers practice Law Enforcement Scenarios
WHAT ARE THE GOALS & OBJECTIVES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORING?
Further the Explorers' education
Encourage the Explorers' participation in a wide variety of service activities
Enhance the Explorers' participation in their future roles as citizens, community members, leaders, and future law enforcement officers
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF EXPLORING LAW ENFORCEMENT?
Build individual character
Develop leadership skills and potential
Gain appreciation for community service
Develop good citizenship
WHAT ARE THE SIX EXPERIENCE AREAS TO EXPLORE?
Developing a better understanding of America's social, economic and governmental systems. Gaining some insight and practical experience in careers.
Instilling stable personal values. Developing skills in dealing with all people and encouraging a sense of family and community responsibility.
Encourage the skill and desire to help others. Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others.
Encouraging a sense of pride in our American Heritage. Preparing to give leadership and fulfill our responsibility to American society and to the people of the world.
Improving mental and emotional fitness. Enhancing physical fitness and an appreciation for sports.
Developing a degree of self-reliance based on courage, initiative, and resourcefulness. Understanding and appreciating the wise use of resources and the protection of our environment.
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR EXPLORERS?
Both male and female young adults are encouraged to join Explorers. To join you must meet the following criteria:
Be between the ages of 14 and 21 years of age
Have a sincere interest in law enforcement
Be enrolled in school and maintain a "C" average
Have parental permission if under the age of 17
Have no serious police record
Be in good health
Maintain a neat appearance and manner in compliance with the policies of the Department
Pass a thorough background check
Complete the Basic Explorer Training Program
AS AN ADULT, HOW CAN I HELP?
Adult leadership is always needed when conducting our Explorer programs. Many times, transportation is needed and adult assistance is necessary.
Assistant Post Advisors are needed, as well as members of the Post Committee, and other consultants for adult leadership.
If you have time to spend with the Explorers, contact one of the Explorer Post Advisors. You will find the rewards more than satisfying if you choose to help.
If you meet the criteria listed for being an explorer, you may visit a training session which are held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the exception of school holidays.