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Explorer Explorer

Chula Vista Police Explorer Post 2831 was established in 1968. The purpose of the program is to acquaint young people, ages

14 to 21, with the objectives of public safety in our community and to instill and promote sound morals, ethical conduct, and respect for law and order.

The mission of the Chula Vista Police Department Explorer Post 2831 is to bridge the gap between youth and police through education and raising awareness of local law enforcement operations.

"Exploring" can enhance a young person’s education, encourage participation in a rewarding and productive community service activity, and strengthen preparation for future leadership roles. Besides gaining a working knowledge of police work, participants are afforded opportunities to give back to their community.

What do Explorers Do?

Explorers meet twice monthly, in addition, Explorers are required to participate in community events.

Explorer Academy offers many opportunities for participants to apply the training they receive in real world situations. For example, Explorers may volunteer their service at community events by directing traffic, working crowd control, fingerprinting children, and other tasks involving contact with the public.

Participants can also learn, first hand, how police officers do their jobs. Sworn officers with specialized skillsets are invited to Explorer meetings to explain Police Department operations including; investigates into major crimes such as Homicides; Narcotics Violations; and Gang Activity. Explorers may also be eligible to participate in ride-alongs with patrol officers.

Explorer Training

The Explorer program offers varied training opportunities. The following list shows some of the activities and training in which Explorers may participate.

  • The history of law enforcement
  • Introduction to law enforcement
  • Note taking and study habits
  • Patrol procedures
  • Traffic control
  • Accident investigation and forms
  • Criminal investigation
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Crimes against persons
  • Crimes against property
  • Vice and narcotics
  • Organized crime
  • Homicide
  • Crime lab
  • Search and arrest procedures
  • Defensive weapons
  • Custody
  • Fingerprint lifting
  • Fingerprint classifications
  • Domestic complaints
  • Crowd control procedures
  • Firearm and Range awareness

You may be Explorer eligible if you are:

  • At least 14 and not older than 21 years of age
  • You are registered as a full-time student with a grade point average of 2.0 or above
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • You are of good moral character.
  • You can successfully pass a minimum background check and oral interview.

Want to find out more & how to become a Police Explorer?

For meeting times, location, and more information about the program please email:

  • Officer Eric Carter – Program Advisor


Candidates interested in becoming Explorers must attend an informational meeeting that takes place monthly. Application are typically taken twice a year.

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