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Scottsdale Police Explorers




The Scottsdale Police Department Explorer program provides an opportunity for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 to work along side of, train with, and assist police personnel.  The Explorers receive specialized law enforcement training, attend weekly meetings, and volunteer to perform important community services.  Along the way, they learn to work as a team, they gain leadership skills, and they serve the community.  The Explorer program instills ethical development for those who may be interested in a law enforcement career.

Explorers participate in many aspects of police work but are not placed in dangerous situations.  They will work side by side with advisors and officers to learn law enforcement skills.  Explorers may even ride with officers to learn skills first hand.

Explorers become involved with the community, learn leadership skills, and develop self understanding and self confidence.  This is all done in a positive environment.  The result is a person not only better prepared for a law enforcement career, but a person more prepared for life.

Scottsdale Police Explorers are highly motivated individuals between the ages of 14 and 21.  Members of the Post are held to high standards which includes the Police Department's guiding values of EXCELLENCE, INITIATIVE, AND INTEGRITY.

The Scottsdale Police Explorers meet every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Meetings are usually held at the Thomas A. Hontz Police/Fire Training Facility (see map below).  The training facility is located on the City of Scottsdale border in Tempe at 911 N. Stadem.

Police & Fire training facility map

For more information and meeting times and locations, contact Police Aide Terri Smith at 480-312-8555 or Sherry Barron at 480-312-0307. 


You can become a Scottsdale Police Explorer by meeting the following requirements:

  • Age 14 to 21 years of age
  • Maintain a 2.0 (C) grade point average in all high school grade reports through the 12th grade
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Have outstanding ethical and moral standards
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in Explorer activities

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