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So, last night I went on my first ride along, needless to say, it got me more excited about law enforcement than before. Although it was slow for a friday night, it was educational and fun. Now, i want to go on a ride along in dallas too, but you have to be an explorer to do so. I looked into this program and it sounded pretty fun! I was just wondering if anyone here has participated in the explorers before! Any advice or knowledge would be greatly appreciated!- F.S.S.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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 I used to be the explorer here in SC for about 5 years. I got out as a SGT/ Field Training Officer. You should go and try it out to see if you like it. Go meet and talk to the adivsors and other explorers to see what their opinion is on the program before joining up. There are thousands of post throughout the country each one is different, so don't just check out one, look at all of them in your area. Also exploring can be a lot of fun, but remember these skills that you will be learning can and will save your life and others one day. I know this from personal experience. Once you find your explorer post get in and have a great time and learn. Pay attention, listen, and ask questions during the training time. Get involved in the community, do as much as you can with your post, it will pay off in the end.Also I would adivse on going to the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. It is a time set every other year at some different location where every post comes together and has compititions, learning, meet each other, and have a blast! If you have any questions hit me up! 


You wouldn't go in there for a million bucks...A Cop does it for less...A Reserve does it for free....

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Thank you for your reply! Good tips! And i'm sure i will enjoy it!


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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I am the lead advisor for my dept's Explorer post.  Glad to hear you enjoy it.  I am always looking for things to keep my young folks interested.  we unfortunately don't do ride alongs!!! i know that sucks.


we go to our local high schools and recruit that way.  we average about 15-20 a meeting.  we meet every Monday during the school year. so like stryker said, enjoy and have fun! you can also hit me up if you have questions!


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"But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you." Luke 6:27-28

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 I was active in my explorer post for a few years before I joined the military, I even held the rank of Corporal and had a platoon of explorers under me. I really enjoyed it and to this day still wish I was able to attend the meetings and training we did. It is a good program to tap into the every day life of a LEO if you are considering one day becoming a law enforcement officer. The opportunities you will have, most people don't get a chance to do. Our post had meetings every wednesday evening, which always either covered classes such as hostage negotiation, traffic stops, active shooter drills, first aid, and many other topics. Typically after the classes we would have a lot of time for practical application and actually physically performing what we had just learned. We also did details in our community for volunteer hours and also to raise money to fund our trip to the bi yearly national conference and our explorer academy. Those included traffic and crowd control for bike races, marathons and parades. 

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Thanks for the advice and examples guys! I must say, the idea of crowd control and directing traffic is nerve racking! haha.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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I wish I would've done this when I was younger. Is there a maximum age for police explorers?

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dgriffin85 says ...



I wish I would've done this when I was younger. Is there a maximum age for police explorers?



I'm afraid so, it is usually 21. But then again, i dont know the policies of every program country wide, but like i said, its usually 20/21.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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Thanks FSS. I did a little searching of my own and it looks like all the programs in my area are 20/21 as well.

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No problem, and ive also heard abunch of leos and similar people say "I wish this was around when i was young" Or "I wish i took advantage of this program before i was too old". So im glad i found out about it now, when im 17. And sorry that it cuts off at that age man, but then again, it is a branch of the boy scouts. So i guess its mainly to give the youth a taste of LEO work. Though i think they have something for adults, civilian police or something like that? Some course you can take?


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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yeah our program is for 14-20...once you become 21 you can sign up for regular ride alongs and what not...we also have CLEA...citizens law enforcement academy for adults


SpencerStangz
"But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you." Luke 6:27-28

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I'm currently a Law Enforcement Explorer with the Sheriff's Police. I'm also on our Explorer SWAT team. It is an amazing program. This August I am going to Springfield for the IL State Explorer Competition/Conference. If your intersted in Law Enforcement this IS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU...


-Ralph


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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Thanks guys! And Ralph, i certainly am! I hope to join this program, i think it starts in fall.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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Its probably an all year program Ive never heard of a seasonal one. Check it out


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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our is off during the summer...kids want to go on trips with parents...advisors want to go on vacation with their families...we start back up in august...two weeks before school...


SpencerStangz
"But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you." Luke 6:27-28

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Oh...so how do you guys compete in Nationals or State?


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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we go to the regional one i think...its in gatlinburg TN...its held in Feb...the first weekend...we have plenty of time to train


SpencerStangz
"But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you." Luke 6:27-28

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If you love ride alongs and law enforcement, then do it. You learn a LOT and its super fun! I highly reccomend it.

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SpencerStangz says ...



we go to the regional one i think...its in gatlinburg TN...its held in Feb...the first weekend...we have plenty of time to train



Oh I gotcha, yeah all of our normal competitions are in the summer, unless your on our SWAT team, then the SWAT competition is in January in Arizona


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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Yeah, i think it corresponds with the school year and fits the schedule of a high school student, i heard its pretty flexible.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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Yeah...let me know. Mines all year long. Im a Moderator on this site: http://nationalexplorers.proboards.com/index.cgi ............Explorers and Advisors feel free to Join


-Ralph


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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Thanks for that link! I hope dallas has and explorer forum as cool as that one. Man, the explorer program is a great idea in general. Hell, i'd even consider signing up for the fire explorers just for the heck of it and the experience.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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FSS says ...



Hell, i'd even consider signing up for the fire explorers just for the heck of it and the experience.



Hey hey...thats not a good idea lojkl........... But that forum is For all Explorers, not just my Post.


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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hahah well if i had the time for it! And cool, i will check it out more then!


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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don't kow how it is where you are but here, if a youth pays the dues for one explorer program, they can be a part of as many programs as they want for the year...so you could be in the Fire, Medical, Legal, Police, Dental, etc. programs all for one price


SpencerStangz
"But I say unto you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that despitefully use you." Luke 6:27-28

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You can also go to Groups here on PL and type 'explorer' into the search area, there are lots of explorer groups here.

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Around here you have to pay dues for each program, because each program has to have it's own charter through L4L


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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Really now? Ive heard the cost is around 30 bucks per year, which is great for what you get from it. I think fire and medical programs would be a great help too.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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Our dues are like $25 a yr...but we have to pay for most of the cost of our competitions if you go (optional)...but you have to consider cost of Duty Gear,  boots, ect. Our uniforms are provided to us, if they have you size in stock, if not you have to pay for it. You can get the County's duty gear, but it isnt your to keep. Most buy their own gear, I have invested over $300 in my duty gear.


-Ralph Jr, Sheriff's Explorer
Retired Officer's Son
www.RalphsPoliceCollection.weebly.com

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Dang, i might have to gradually do that. But i would probably start with a few things you could use around the house gloves/flashlights/first aid kits etc.


It's all the same, only the names have changed.- Bon Jovi

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