Police Explorers

Explorer Program Cover Photo


Police Exploreres is a police career education program. We give young adults a chance to learn about policing. We also prepare them to become responsible, caring citizens. Throughout the program, explorers learn from our police officers. They build positive relationships with officers and gain valuable insight into policing.

Program Requirements

  • Between 14 (completed 8th grade) and 20 years old
  • Interested in policing
  • Live within 60 minutes of the Grand Rapids city limits

Learn More and Apply

We meet every other Wednesday at the police department. The meeting starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm. Below is a sample schedule of the program:

November 1, 2017  6 - 9 PM

Introduction to Accident Investigations

  • An overview to the police response to vehicle accidents
  • How to complete an accident report.
  • Hands-on scenario training

November 15, 2017 6 - 9 PM

Team Building

  • An overview of the importance of having an effective team
  • Team building exercises with a partner
  • Team building exercises with a group

November 29, 2017 6 - 9 PM

Conducting a Traffic Stop

  • An overview to how police conduct a traffic stop
  • How to recognize a reason to stop a vehicle
  • Writing a traffic citation
  • Hands-on scenario training

Step 1

Follow the instructions to Apply for the Police Explorers Program

Step 2

We'll invite you to attend two meetings

Step 3

You complete a background packet

Step 4

We invite you to an interview

Step 5

We'll notify you if you're accepted into the program

Thank you sponsors for donating resources and funds to support our program:

Wolverine World Wide

Lake Michigan Credit Union

AT&T Foundation

Rodriguez Supermarket


GRPD Pizza