Police Explorer Program


This is an exciting opportunity for community youth to volunteer beside the men and women of law enforcement in a program that is synonymous with the nationally recognized police explorer program. Police Explorers are community service volunteers between the ages of 14 - 20 years old, who are interested in learning, training, and participating in a wide variety of law enforcement functions and activities. Explorers serve the San Mateo Police Department and the community in uniform and under the supervision of a police officer, who has been designated as the program coordinator. 


To promote and provide positive young adult engagement through police and community involvement participation.

To organize, maintain, and provide trained young adults for community service projects and certain law enforcement functions. 

To create the potential for young adults to learn discipline, responsibility, leadership, character development, build confidence, and instill the importance of continuing their education.

To provide elementary law enforcement awareness and training to give young adults the experience necessary to understand the complexities of a career in law enforcement.

To promote teamwork through achievement as well as personal and group development.

All volunteer hours fulfill community service requirements for high school graduation and college entry applications. 


Candidates must be 14 to 20 years of age at the time of appointment and attend high school or college while maintaining at least a “C” average. Candidates who are 17 years old or younger require signed consent from their parent or guardian. The candidate must be able to carry out oral and written directions and have a flexible schedule to include weekdays and weekends. There are also physical, background, and fingerprint requirements. In addition, explorers are required to attend monthly meetings and complete 10 hours of volunteer work per month. 


To apply to be a Police Explorer, please submit an interest form to start the process. An adviser from the program will connect with you shortly thereafter. 

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