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Explorer Program

For over 30 years, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department has supported an active Explorer Post Program for young persons between the ages 14 and 21. Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that gives you a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is really like. Palm Desert Explorer Post 507 in 2014

  • Community Service
    Explorers serve the community in various ways such as directing traffic at special events, crime prevention programs and light security details.
  • Ride-Alongs
    Once you become eligible, you can participate in the ride-a-long program. You become an extra set of eyes and ears for the officers and assist them on various calls.
  • Meetings
    The Post meets weekly or bi-weekly (depending on the post), to discuss Explorer business and upcoming events.
  • Career Enhancement Participating in a Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a great start to your law enforcement career! Call today and join other dedicated youths in serving their community.


Training is provided by experts throughout the year and can include the following categories:

  • Traffic Control
  • Building Searches
  • Vehicle Stops
  • Defensive Driving
  • Police Radio Techniques
  • Defensive Weapons
  • Accident Investigation
  • First Aid
  • Firearm Safety
  • Criminal Law
  • Narcotics Law
  • Physical Fitness
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Logistics
  • Domestic Violence
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Police Community Relations
  • Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Criminal Investigation

The Sheriff's Department also sponsors a week-long, live-in Explorer Academy during the summer of each year.

How to Become a Law Enforcement Explorer

To contribute your time and skills to your community, please contact the Station Volunteer Coordinator See links to the right for the area in which you wish to work. You will be asked to:

  • Obtain your parents' permission
  • Contact your Explorer Post Advisor to request an application
  • Participate in an oral interview as scheduled
  • Submit your completed background paperwork
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Have good moral character
  • Have no major criminal record
  • Be interested!!!


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Station Volunteer Coordinators
Cabazon   951-922-7100
Colorado River   760-921-7900
Eastvale   951-955-2600
Hemet   951-791-3400
Indian Wells   760-836-1600
Jurupa Valley   951-955-2600
Lake Elsinore   951-245-3300
La Quinta   760-863-8990
Moreno Valley   951-486-6700
Norco   951-955-2600
Palm Desert   760-836-1600
Perris   951-210-1000
Rancho Mirage   760-836-1600
San Jacinto   951-654-2702
Southwest   951-696-3000
Thermal   760-863-8990
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