Explorer Program

Baldwin Park Police Explorers

An explorer is a volunteer scout that participates in civilian observer ride-a-longs. He or she assists the police with:Baldwin Park Police Department Police Explorers with a Plaque

  • Crime prevention
  • Crowd and traffic control
  • Disaster assistance
  • Report writing
  • Searches for evidence
  • Security at major events
  • Other challenging assignments

Some of these assignments help the Explorers earn money for their post. Explorers also participate in educational and recreational trips, which involve visits to other police agencies throughout California and the Nation. With the training and direction received as Police Explorers, many young men and women have gone on to choose law enforcement, or other forms of public service, including the military, as a career.

About the Program

The Baldwin Park Police Department Explorer Program is designed for youths 14 to 21 years of age. After graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Explorer Academy, explorers are assigned to Explorer Post 654. Police officers then work with the explorers in an effort to provide community service. Officers also provide insight and guidance to explorers who decide to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Explorer Group Photo

Explorer Academy

The Explorer Academy is held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Explorer Academy in Whittier. Training includes instruction in:Explorer Scenario Competition

  • Basic law
  • Crime prevention
  • Drill and ceremonies
  • Physical training
  • Report writing
  • Other topics

Instruction is provided by current Police Officers. Upon successfully completing the Academy requirements, recruits will receive a certificate verifying completion of training. You may also obtain more information at Stars Explorer Academy.


  • Attend and graduate from the Explorer Academy
  • Be at least 14 years of age and in the ninth grade
  • Be in good health and emotionally sound. Maintain good moral character
  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate in Explorer activities
  • Have no record of arrest convictions
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all schoolwork
  • Pass an oral interview and a background investigation
  • Register with Learning for Life (Boy Scouts of America)

Equipment & Uniforms

You must purchase your uniform (approximately $130).

Additional Information

Contact an Explorer Post Advisor at the Baldwin Park Police Department: