Irving Police Explorer Recruiting Video
Thank you for your interest in the Irving Law Enforcement Explorer Post #252. The Irving Explorer Post #252 was chartered in October of 1974 and continues a proud tradition of excellence to this day.
Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
Nationally, over 33,000 Explorers and 8,425 adult volunteers participate in Law Enforcement Exploring. The program highlights include: the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies, ride-alongs, career achievement awards, National Law Enforcement Exploring Conferences, and scholarship opportunities.
The program is designed to give young people a good overview of law enforcement so they can decide if police work is for them. It is also a resource for the police department in its recruiting effort. There are several officers and jailers currently working for Irving who are former law enforcement explorers. Several other metroplex cities are also benefiting from our program as they have hired several of our former explorers as police officers and jailers.
These young people receive training in several different aspects of police work. They are also given an opportunity to put this knowledge to work by participating in regional, state and national competitions.
Some areas of training they receive is in accident investigation, traffic stops, crime scene search, drug warrant arrests, domestic violence, hostage negotiations, burglary in progress calls and many other areas of law enforcement activity.
Our explorers are given the opportunity to ride with experienced police officers to see exactly what happens during an officer's tour of duty. While riding with the officer, the explorer has a chance to see how the training they received is put to work in "real life".
Not only do the explorers receive training in law enforcement, they are also permitted to work with the officers assigned to the different divisions within the police department. Some of the more popular areas that explorers work are; Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.), Jail section, Communications and, of course, Patrol where they ride with the officer on the street.
The explorers are involved in many community events as well. They participate in bike rodeos, safety fairs, and many other worthwhile activities. Most explorers are also involved in school, church and other civic activities.
"Not only did law enforcement explorers help reaffirm my decision to become a police officer, but it also helped prepare me for my future career goals."
Irving Police Sergeant J. Hills
Former Plano Police Explorer
North Texas Law Enforcement Exploring Summer Academy