CARLSBAD–The City of Carlsbad Police Department held its 5th annual Explorer open house Oct. 4 to inform potential Explorers and their families about the values of the Explorer program.
Corporal Rick Galanos who leads the police department’s program says, “The Explorer program is an education and service oriented program. We are here to provide training and experience toward keeping young adults on the right path”
Over 150 young adults have participated in the City of Carlsbad Police Explorer Program since its inception. Currently there are 27 Explores volunteering with the department.
Explorers assist with all major special events, DUI check-points, Shop with a Cop, the teddy bear drive, the Juvenile Justice Program and emergencies like the fires. Also, Explorers get to know all the functions of a police department and the law enforcement field. The program focuses on three areas: participating in events, training and ride-a-longs with officers.
To participate in the program, a young adult must be 14 to 21 years old and a student in high school or college. All north San Diego County cities have explorer groups including the Highway Patrol and Border Patrol. If selected for the program, participants attend an Explorer Academy. Contact a participating agency for complete participation requirements.