Police Exploring is a Learning for Life organization of the Boy Scouts of America. Open to young men and women, its purpose is to build character, citizen training and fitness to the youth of America. Another aspect to Police Exploring is to educate and involve youth in police operations. The education aspect provides youth with the knowledge of the law enforcement function in their community, regardless of their career choice. Involvement in the Police Exploring program establishes an awareness of the complexities of police service.
- 14 to 21 years of age (However you must join by the age of 18)
- Be of good moral character
- Not have a criminal record
- Maintain “C” average or better while in school
Police Explorers are involved in training sessions on a weekly basis which familiarizes the members with all aspects of law enforcement; including patrol procedures, traffic stops, arrest procedures, traffic and criminal law, criminal investigations, traffic crash investigations and firearms safety. Training is reinforced during annual local and state competitions, attended by the Miramar Police Explorers.
The city of Miramar and community organizations call upon the Police Explorers to assist with traffic direction and parking control at events. Police Explorers are not used in assignments requiring police authority but are used to assist the community and police department under the direction and supervision of police department employees. The program brings the explorer into direct contact with members of the Police Department through details, meetings and the ride along program.
In recent years, the Miramar Police Department has hired a number of individuals as police officers who received their first exposure to law enforcement through an explorer program.
There is no cost to join the Miramar Police Explorer program. The program is funded by the Miramar Police Department, the Miramar Police Benevolent Association (PBA), as well as other sources that pay for the associated costs of running the program. Successful applicants even receive their uniform free of charge.