Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America that gives young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 a hands-on look at what a career in law enforcement is about. Many of the Explorers who have graduated from this program have accepted careers in Law Enforcement. Many of them have remained with Riverside County and are now assigned to the Temecula Station and involved in training the next group of young men and women who are looking for a rewarding career.
inception in 1996, this program has allowed the Police Explorers to
volunteer their time to their community by assisting law enforcement in a
variety of ways such as directing traffic at special events, crime
prevention programs, and light security details. Once an explorer
becomes eligible, they are allowed to participate in a ride-along
program with deputies from the Department. Explorers act as an extra set
of “eyes and ears” for the officers and assist them on various calls.
To be in the Temecula Police Explorer program, one must attend
regularly scheduled meetings at the station and be able to participate
in normal physical activities. Explorers meet weekly to discuss explorer
business, upcoming events, and learn different aspects of law
enforcement and the techniques used. The explorers are required to
maintain good grades and citizenship in school, and are encouraged to
take leadership roles in school and social activities.
may also attend an annual five-day police explorer academy with other
explorers from other Riverside County Sheriff Stations. The explorers
will experience first hand what a police officer goes through at a
police academy. The Temecula Police Department is proud of these young
volunteers dedicated to serving their community.