Police Explorer Post #884
Exploring is a youth organization developed to give young adults ages 14–21 the chance to learn about and experience the field of law enforcement. Explorer Post members are given training in all basic areas of law enforcement to enable them to assist police officers in their daily duties and in times of emergencies. The Explorer program is a part of the Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life division.
Training and Community Events
Training areas include traffic and crowd control, first aid, radio communications, firearms safety, patrol techniques, report writing, search and arrest, community relations, traffic stops, domestic intervention, crime scene search, hostage negotiation, interrogations and bomb threat.
Once an Explorer is fully trained he or she is prepared to ride along with an officer regularly. Explorers also expand their training by attending regional and national conferences. The conferences are designed to test the Explorers in practical situations. Explorers may also earn scholarships for college.
The Explorer Post members also participate in community events, including the Minnetonka Summer Festival, Burwell House Ice Cream Social and the Fire Department and City Open House, and the Hopkins Raspberry Festival.
In addition to the training and community events, Explorers still have time for fun! The Explorer Post has gone waterskiing, taken bike trips and played volleyball, softball, football and bowling.
Certain minimum requirements must be met before anyone interested in joining the Explorers program can be considered for membership.
- Ages 14 to 21 (must be under the age of 20 at the time of application)
- Live in the city of Minnetonka or in a city without an Explorer Post
- Have Wednesday nights free
- Exhibit no use of alcohol or drugs
- Have no criminal record
- Submit to a criminal background check
- Must be physically capable of performing activities
- Applicant selections will be based on departmental guidelines
- Pass an oral interview
How to apply
The Minnetonka Police Department has a goal of maintaining between 15 and 20 Explorer Post members at all times. If you wish to learn more about this challenging program and can meet the required qualifications, you can pick up an application at the Minnetonka Police Department or contact one of the following Explorer advisors, listed on the left under “Contacts,” via email. You can also download an application packet. Once you have fully completed the application/background packet please deliver or mail to:
Minnetonka Police Department
Attn: Officer Jason Tait
14600 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Any questions or concern regarding the application/background can be directed to any of the Explorer Advisors, Officer Shannon Odegaard, Officer Heather Olson, or Officer Jason Tait. Thank you for your interest in the Police Explorers Program.
“First Nighter” event
Each fall the Explorer Post hosts a “first nighter” event, where interested candidates can attend an Explorer Post meeting and learn more about the program. Watch for details on the city website.