Police Explorer Program
The Baltimore County Police Explorer Program is set up as an introduction to various phases of law enforcement. It is sponsored by the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) and chartered annually through the Exploring and Learning for Life Division of the Boy Scouts of America.
The program functions locally under the auspices of the local Boy Scout Council. The Police Explorer Program is directed by a committee of BCoPD sworn personnel with the assistance of several interested adult civilians. The Program is a non-profit organization.
Goals and Objectives
The following goals and objectives are sought and maintained by the Baltimore County Police Explorer Program:
- Recruitment tool for future men and women in law enforcement
- Community relations effort in the County between police, youth and the community
- Utilizes volunteers within the Baltimore County Police Department
- Develop and uphold the basic objectives of the Program as sponsored through the Boy Scouts of America through the contribution of the police to the Explorer in three areas:
- Character building
- Leadership development
- Build an appreciation for community services and good citizenship
Explorer Post members are expected to attend all regular scheduled meetings which are primarily held the first and third Thursdays of each month. Members receive basic instruction in various phases of law enforcement including:
- Criminal law
- Traffic law
- Criminal investigation
- Crime prevention
- Traffic control and direction
- Accident investigation
- Juvenile delinquency
- Other related topics which are integral parts of law enforcement
To be eligible for membership in the Program a candidate must:
- Be at least 14 years of age, in junior high school and have not reached their 21st birthday
- Have at the time of entry and maintain a minimum grade "C" average in school
- Be a responsible citizen with a good reputation and good moral character
- Be able to safely perform duties of this position without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others
- Have full approval of parents or guardian and assurance of their support and cooperation
- Be citizens of the United States at the time of their application
Upon completion of application procedures and acceptance into the program, the new member is placed on a three-month probation period. Successful completion of the probationary period allows the member to advance towards full membership privileges within the program.
Explorers are required to participate in the numerous details performed by the Post, usually in the areas of:
- Traffic direction
- Post activities including:
- Field trips (training, team building, etc.)
- Camping trips
- Multi-post or multi-regional training seminars
Explorers compete at the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference (NLEEC) every two years. The NLEEC brings together youth from across the continental United States, Hawaii and as far away as Great Britain. The Explorers attend training seminars, network with other Explorers and Exploring agencies and compete in all aspects of law enforcement.
Rules and Regulations
Explorers are governed by a Manual of Rules and Regulations that mirrors the BCoPD's Rules and Regulations:
- Uniforms are required by all members, with part of the uniform supplied by the Post and part purchased by the individual member.
- Promotion to the various ranks within the Program depends upon a member's service record with the Post, leadership potential and completion of any designated testing procedures.
All Explorers must maintain the highest level of integrity while they are participating in the Explorer Program. This level of integrity must be maintained during Explorer activities and in their personal lives. Those explorers violating the guidelines set forth by the program will be handled accordingly.
Explorer Post Meetings
Each Post holds regular meetings twice a month within their designated precinct. Meetings are on the first and third Thursdays of the month unless otherwise stated. If a contact number is not listed, the Advisor Officer is the main contact for meetings.
Wilkens – Post 9901
901 Walker Avenue
Woodlawn – Post 9902
9113 Liberty Road
Franklin – Post 9903
Note: Meetings are first and third Wednesdays of the month.
606 Nicodemus Road
Pikesville – Post 9904
215 Milford Mill Road
Towson – Post 9906
1055 Taylor Avenue
Cockeysville – Post 9907
111 Wight Avenue
White Marsh – Post 9909
8220 Perry Hall Boulevard
Essex – Post 9911
216 North Marlyn Avenue
Dundalk – Post 9912
1747 Merritt Boulevard
For additional information concerning the Explorer Posts, call Detective Paul Ciepiela at the Community Resources Section at 410-887-5901.