THE HISTORY OF THE DALLAS POLICE EXPLORERS
The Law Enforcement Exploring program began in 1959 in Southern California under the Exploring Division of the Boys Scouts of America and is now a part of Learning For Life (a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America). In 1978, a teenager came to Dallas, Texas from California and with the support of the Chief of Police, he and other officers began the Explorer Program in Dallas. Dallas Police Officers volunteer to be Advisors at the various Explorer Posts and help mentor them through the program. In 2012, the Dallas Police Department began to assign officers to work as Advisors in a full time capacity in order to grow the program and reach more youth.
As of today, the Dallas Police Explorer Program has 7 Posts with approximately 110 active Explorers and 50 Advisors. Since the program’s inception, well over 200 Explorers have gone on to join the Dallas Police Department or other law enforcement agencies.
WHAT IS LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORING?
Law Enforcement Exploring is designed to acquaint young people with the nature and complexity of law enforcement. The purpose is to:
- Build Individual Character
- Develop Leadership Skills
- Gain Appreciation of Community Service
- Develop Good Citizenship