All of huntington Beach

Police Explorers

Program OverviewThe mission of the Huntington Beach Police Explorers Program is to stimulate the interest of today’s youth in law enforcement practices and the Explorer Code of Ethics, to promote self-confidence and responsibility, and to provide specific services to the community. The program is designed for character building, leadership development, teamwork, community service, and good citizenship.

The program provides education and firsthand experience in the field of law enforcement. The co-ed youth program is designed to expose young men and women, ages 14 through 20 (the maximum age to apply is 19), to different careers in public safety. Through involvement, this program will establish awareness of the complexities of law enforcement services. 

The HB Police Explorer Program is a potential recruitment tool for youths interested in law enforcement. It also aims to build stronger community relations between the HBPD, the youth, and the community.

Program HistoryIn 1962, Explorer Post #563 was founded as a Law Enforcement Explorer Post. In 1982, the post became the Huntington Beach Search and Rescue Explorer (HBSAR). The program included personnel from the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) and Huntington Beach Fire Department (HBFD). The training focused on law enforcement practices and fire services.

In 2021, the HBSAR was revamped to meet the ever-changing world and community challenges related to law enforcement and fire services. The program was reorganized, and its focus was shifted to provide proper training in different disciplines. As a result, the HB Police Explorer and the HB Fire Explorer programs were created to provide the youth with more experience and extensive training. The HB Explorer program will prepare the youth interested in a law enforcement career with proper exposure and opportunity to move into a public service career.

QualificationsThe HBPD Explorer Program is open to young men and women who meet the following requirements:

  • Ages 14 through 20 (maximum age to apply is 19)
  • Currently enrolled or a graduate from High School
  • Currently maintain 2.0 grade point average (“C” average or better) in school work
  • Obtain a medical examination
  • Be capable of safely performing physical activity
  • Good moral character
  • No felony convictions
  • Pass a background check
Qualification ProcessThe process for those interested in the Explorer Program starts with the following:

  • Complete the online Interest Form. A Police Explorer Advisor will be emailing those interested.
  • Attend the Police Explorer Information Meeting
  • Submit the Police Explorer Application
  • Submit the Hold Harmless Agreement
  • Provide passing medical exam
Qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the following:

  • Physical Agility Test
    • 1-mile run
    • Sit-ups
    • Push-ups
    • Flex arm hang
  • Oral Panel Interview
  • Background Check
Candidates who successfully pass all of the above criteria will be assigned to one of the following:

  • Junior Explorer (Non-Academy Graduate)
  • Explorer Academy Class
  • Police Explorer (Academy Graduate or Minimum of 8 Training Classes)
  • Successful completion of Explorer Academy
  • Attend bi-monthly training
  • Must volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month
    • Ride-A-Longs
    • Sit-A-Longs
    • Dispatch
    • Traffic
    • Report Writing
    • Front Desk
    • Clerical Work
    • Special Events
    • Police Related Training
    • Detective Assistance
    • Patrol Assistance
    • Call-Outs
    • Attend Patrol Roll Call
    • Firearms Safety
    • CPR
  • Monthly Training: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
    • 5th week in a month -  Joint Training with Fire Explorers
  • Patrol Ride-Along Program
  • Special Events
  • Evacuations
  • Item Searches
  • DUI Checkpoints
  • Law Enforcement-Related Training
  • Basic Law
  • SWAT
  • Crisis Negotiation Team
  • Radio Communication