The Riverside Police Department Police Explorer Program’s purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature, and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are taught how to be independent and work as a team. In addition, they are taught the importance of personal responsibility and caring in their relationships with others and in their commitment to the community.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations, such as the Riverside Police Department, initiate a specific Explorer Program to offer the wealth and knowledge of their best employees to be role models, trainers, and mentors to young people in the community. The Explorer Program affords an opportunity for youngsters to participate in a variety of meaningful and fulfilling activities that help them pursue their special interests, growth, and development. Explorer programs are based on five area of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. The Riverside Police Explorers range from age 14 to 21 years old.
The success of the Riverside Police Department’s Explorer Program is dependent on the Officers that manage it. Our success starts with the commitment and vision Chief Larry V. Gonzalez has advocated and in correlation with the many police officer advisers dedicated to the daily duties associated with the program. For more information or to sign up, visit the Explorer website.