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Orlando Police Explorer Program

What is the Orlando Police Explorer Program?

The Orlando Police Explorer Program was created in 1974 to develop a more positive relationship between police officers and the youth of Orlando.

The program is an opportunity for our youth to learn about law enforcement through practical application.

The Orlando Police Explorer Post is involved in approximately 90 community service events each year. These events range from directing traffic at the Central Florida Fair to presentations from McGruff, the Crime Dog.

In addition to community service projects, the Orlando Police Explorers meet on a weekly basis. Explorers learn about different police functions, including: drug enforcement, crime scene investigation, CPR, traffic stops, traffic investigations, and all other aspects of law enforcement.

It is the goal of the Orlando Police Explorer Program that all members become involved in law enforcement and/or community service through training and activities.

We meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Orlando Police Department Auditorium.

For more information contact:

Officer Scott Daniels, Explorer Advisor

  • Email:¬†scott.daniels@cityoforlando.net
  • Phone: 407.758.4632

Explorer Creed

A Police Officer’s mission is to protect and serve;

A mission that is sometimes demanding and not without danger;

A mission that often requires an officer to be all things to all people;

A doctor, lawyer, social worker, and more;

A mission that at times seems never ending;

A mission that, for a special few, becomes a career, and if you feel you have what it takes, you may be qualified to wear our “METAL OF HONOR”.

Membership Requirements

  • Must be 14 to 21 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in an academic institution at 9th grade level or higher
  • Must be of sound moral character
  • Must have no serious criminal history
  • Must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA

Riders Program

Explorers 16 years of age or older have the opportunity to obtain first hand knowledge of police operations by assisting the 911 Communications Center and participating in ride alongs with Community Service Officers or sworn police officers.

Explorers must have completed all required training before they will be allowed to participate in the Riders Program.

Honor Guard

The Honor Guard of the Orlando Police Explorer Program is a team of Explorers responsible for the presentation of colors during award ceremonies, grades, and other special occasions.

Membership in the Honor Guard is open to all current members of the Orlando Police Explorer Program.

Explorer State Competition

The Florida Association of Police Explorers conducts a state competition for all Explorer Programs in the state.

This competition is conducted over a seven day period, during which time Explorers compete in numerous scenario based events. These events include traffic stops, crash investigations, burglary in progress, crisis intervention, search and arrest, crime scene investigations, and other law enforcement related topics. This week long competition is an opportunity for Explorers to interact and learn new law enforcement techniques while they prepare for careers in law enforcement.

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