The Cary Police Department is proud to participate in the Boy Scouts of America's "Law Enforcement Explorer Program." Since 1981, the Police Department has sponsored Explorer Post No. 2255. The members of the Explorers Post are young adults who aspire to careers in law enforcement. Any young adult who meets these requirements is welcome to apply.
Police Officer Advisors train and give guidance to the Explorers Program in all non-hazardous functions of the Cary Police Department. The Advisors generously donate their time, attending meetings at the Police Station biweekly on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Advisors also assist in the training and planning of future activities. Experienced Police Officers provide training in a variety of police related skills, such as traffic crash investigation, criminal investigations, domestic disputes, processing crime scenes, building searches and arrest techniques.
In addition to classroom training, Explorers will ride in a squad car with a full-time Police Officer who will mentor them so they can learn various police functions and assist the Police Officer in non-hazardous situations. Explorers also have the opportunity to perform the Power Test and Physical Ability Test, which will prepare them for future testing to become a police officer.
The relationship between the Cary Police Department and the Explorers Program directly benefits both the community and the individual Explorer.
The community benefits through the hard work and volunteer activities of the Explorers Program, as they provide a variety of public services. Explorers assist Police Officers during the Village's annual "Merry Cary Holiday Festival", "National Night Out" and other community events. The Explorer's participation and training benefits them by providing an excellent foundation for careers in law enforcement and enables them to become more responsible citizens. Several former Post Members have gone on to become police officers. The Cary Explorer Post continues to evolve, making it an even more valuable asset to both the members of the program and the community.
- Between the ages of 14 - 21 years old (14 is acceptable only if you have graduated from eighth grade)
- Have a good moral character
- Remain in school while in the program or until graduation
- Maintain a "C" grade average (70%) or higher
- No serious police records or excessive moving violations
- Able to attend biweekly Explorer meetings
- Willing to volunteer your time to attend Explorer functions
- Willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional image of the Cary Police Department