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Police Explorer's Program
Explorer Post 901 was formed in October of 1998 by the Atlantic Beach Police Department.  Law Enforcement Exploring was created in 1973 and is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. It was developed to further the Explorer’s education, encourage participation in  community service, and to enhance Explorer preparation for future roles as citizens, community members, and Law Enforcement Professionals.

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Explorers go through many hours of hands-on and classroom training.  The training prepares explorers for their Ride-Along Certification.  This training is very similar to the training a police recruit would receive while going through the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. The following are some of the areas that Explorers are exposed to:      
  • Command Structure, Personal Responsibility and Accountability
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Radio Procedures
  • Traffic Direction and Control
  • First Responder and CPR
  • Crime prevention
  • State Traffic Statues
  • Report Writing
  • Traffic Stops
  • Drill and Ceremonies 
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Bicycle Patrol 
  • DUI Investigations
  • Accident Investigations
  • Police and Explorer Ethics
  • History of Law Enforcement
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Domestic Crimes Interventions
  • Firearms use of force
  • Officer Survival
  • Search Warrant Execution
  • Firearms Safety Education
  • Hostage Negotiation 

Explorers have the opportunity to ride with Atlantic Beach Police Officers during their shifts.  The  Police Explorer must complete 60 hours of training and receive a minimum of 80% on all tests given prior to participating in the ride along program.  The purpose of the Ride-Along program is to give Explorers first-hand knowledge of basic police procedures.  While on a Ride-Along Explorers are required to complete all paperwork generated while on patrol such as Traffic Citations, General Offense Reports, and Arrest Dockets. 

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Qualified candidates for the Police Explorer's Program must be between the ages of 14 and 21.  They must have completed the 8th grade and are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.  Post 901 meets every Thursday Night at 7:00 PM.

If you are interested in the Police Explorer's Program, you may pick up an application at the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

For more information please contact:
Officer BJ Cassidy at (904) 247-5859 EXT 5963 or via email.

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