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Law Enforcement Explorer

Baltimore County Police Explorer ProgramThe 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 and chartered annually through the Exploring/Learning for Life Division of the Boy Scouts of America. The program functions locally under the auspices of the local Boy Scout Council. The Baltimore County Police Explorer Program is directed by a committee of Baltimore County Police Department sworn personnel with the assistance of several interested adult civilians. The Baltimore County Police Explorer 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.

  1. To serve as a recruitment tool for future men and women in law enforcement.
  2. To serve a community relations effort in the County between police, youth, and the community.
  3. To be utilized as volunteers within the Baltimore County Police Department.
  4. To develop and uphold the basic objectives of the Explorer 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
  • an appreciation for community services and good citizenship

Requirements for Membership

To be eligible for membership in the Baltimore County Explorer Program a candidate must:

  1. Be at least 14 years of age and in junior high school and have not reached their 21st birthday.
  2. Have at the time of entry and maintain a minimum grade "C" average in school.
  3. Be a responsible citizen with a good reputation and good moral character.
  4. Applicants must be able to safely perform duties of this position without posing a threat to the health and safety of themselves or others.
  5. Have full approval of parents or guardian and assurance of their support and cooperation.
  6. All applicants must 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 (3) month probation period. Successful completion of the probationary period allows the member to advance towards full membership privileges within the program.

The Explorer Program

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, and other related topics which are integral parts of law enforcement.

Explorers are required to participate in the numerous details performed by the Post, usually in the areas of traffic direction, security, and communications. Participation is also encouraged for Post activities including field trips (training, team building, etc.), camping trips, dances, multi-post multi-regional training seminars, the ride-along program, etc.

Explorers are governed by a Manual of Rules and Regulations that mirrors the Baltimore County Police Department'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 Explorer Program depends upon a member's service record with the Post, leadership potential, and completion of any designated testing procedures.

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.


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.

Ride-Along Program

The members of the Baltimore County Police Explorer Program must earn the privilege to participate in the "Ride-A-Long Program". The Ride-Along Program allows interested, qualified Explorers the chance to observe street level police work on a firsthand basis. The program exposes Explorers a working knowledge of the field of law enforcement as they observe police officers respond to calls for service and conduct criminal investigations to a successful conclusion. Explorers wishing to take part in the Ride-Along Program must have successfully completed the three (3) month probationary period and must have parental permission.

Explorer Post Meetings

Each Post holds regular meetings twice a month within their designated precinct. There are nine Explorer Posts serving Baltimore County.

Wilkens Precinct - Post 9901
901 Walker Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21228
Phone  410-744-1584
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Darcey 410-744-1584
Associate Advisor - Office Sewell

Woodlawn Precinct - Post 9902
9113 Liberty Road
Baltimore, Md. 21207
Phone 410-887-4714
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisors - Officer Gill 410-887-4714 
               Officer  Helphenstine 410-887-4714

Franklin Precinct - Post 9903
606 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Phone 410-887-6978
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Kauffman 410-887-6985
Associate Advisor - Corey Katz-410-887-6985

Pikesville Precinct - Post 9904
215 Milford Mill Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone 410-887-1279
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
Advisor - Officer Ketterman 410-887-6775
Associate Advisor - Sergeant  Warehime 410-887-6775

Towson Precinct - Post 9906
1055 Taylor Avenue 
Towson, Md. 21234
Phone 410-887-5933
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Fuka 410-887-5933
Associate Advisor - vacant

Cockeysville Precinct - Post 9907
111 Wight Avenue
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
Phone 410-887-1820
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Arnett 410-887-1863
Associate Advisor - Auxiliary Officer Lidinsky

White Marsh Precinct - Post 9909
8220 Perry Hall Boulevard
Baltimore, Md. 21236
Phone 410-887-5035
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Klein 410-887-5035
Associate Advisor - Officer Goorevitz 410-887-5310

Essex Precinct - Post 9911
216 N. Marlyn Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21221
Phone 410-887-0232
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Schmitz
Associate Advisors - Officer Coyne 410-887-0232                       

North Point Precinct - Post 9912
1747 Merritt Blvd.
Baltimore, Md. 21222
Phone 410-887-7337
Meetings - 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
Advisor - Officer Marlow 410-887-7337
Associate Advisors - Officer  Mertz 410-887-7317, Officer Raynor 410-887-7320

For any additional information concerning the Explorer Posts, contact Detective Paul Ciepiela, at the Community Resources Section 410-887-2587.

Revised July 1, 2011

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