Explorer Program - How Do I Get Involved?
If you would like to become a member of the Santa Monica Police Department Explorer Post, we encourage you to apply. To qualify for the program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
- · Maintain at least a “C” average in school
- · Be between the ages of 14 and 19 years
- · Be of good moral character
- · Have no serious arrest record
- · Be in good physical condition*
*Police Explorers must meet the same basic physical requirements as Police Officers.
The application process consists of a written history, oral interview with the parents or guardian, and a complete background check. Candidates will also be evaluated on their maturity, genuine interest in crime and the law, and ability to effectively assist the Santa Monica Police Department.
While Police Explorers are considered volunteers, they are completely insured while in training and on duty. New members will be expected to furnish their own uniforms and equipment upon acceptance into the program. However, special arrangements can be made for those who cannot afford the initial cost.