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Explorer Program

INTERESTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT? 

The Lakeland Police Department Explorer's Program is designed for young adults who are interested in Law Enforcement as a possible career choice. Explorers receive training at weekly meetings and specially scheduled training sessions. As an Explorer, you will be trained in all areas of law enforcement including: 

· Traffic Stops
· Accident Investigations
· Crisis Intervention
· Domestic Violence
· First Aid
· Search and Arrest
. In Progress Calls
· Crime Scene Processing
· Criminal and State Statues

Also, each year Explorers compete in the State Explorers' Competition with other young adults from across Florida. 

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

To be a member of the Explorer's program candidates must meet the following requirements: 

· Be between the ages of 14 and 21
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 Maintain a 2.0 GPA (in school or college prep courses) 
· Pass a background check (no serious criminal history)
· Attend weekly meetings and other training/community functions
· Pass an oral review board conducted by the Advisors and Ranking Explorers

EXPLORER MEETINGS

Explorer Meetings are held every Monday from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at the Lakeland Police Department Training Center located at 3131 Centurion Drive. 

RIDE ALONG PROGRAM

Explorers are also allowed to participate in ride-alongs with officers to learn and gain real-life experiences. Explorers must have reached the age of 15, completed the 40 hour Ride-Along Academy and have advisor approval. 

POST ADVISORS
Officer Dagon Leach
Senior Advisor
863.220.4540
dagon.leach@Lakelandgov.net

Officer Christa Patterson
Admin Advisor
863.255.3844
christa.patterson@Lakelandgov.net

Officer Joshua Collins
joshua.collins@Lakelandgov.net

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