Explorer Program

Explorer Badge

Did your kids every love playing ‘Cops & Robbers?’ Hopefully they were the cops! And if they were, the Explorer Program may take their playtime to the next level and bring it to life.

The goal of this program is to promote an increase interest in the law enforcement field, teach leadership, and provide an opportunity for community service. After all, that’s what being a police officer is about – serving.

Do Our Best Today for a Better Tomorrow

Exploring can further teach Explorer's education, encourage the Explorer's participation in a rewarding and productive service activity, and enhance the Explorer's preparation for future roles as citizen and community members. Besides gaining a working knowledge of police work, the participants have the opportunity to give of themselves to their community.

What Do Explorers Do?

The number one thing explorers do is apply what they learn. This is done a variety of ways from volunteering to do security work and directing traffic, to working fairs and event booths. Members also learn firsthand from Officers and Detectives invited to explain how the department investigates major crimes such as homicides, narcotics violations, and gang activity.
Another main function in the Explorer program, which we take great pride in, is community service. We assist with the food bank, lake clean-up details, City Spring Clean Up, and Aquafest. Explorers have an opportunity to attend a week-long academy in the months of August and December.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to be an Explorer if you are: 
  • Between 14 and 21 years of age
  • You are registered as a full-time student with a grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Must have parental approval
  • Pass a background check

How Do I Join?

Weapons trainingIf you are interested in becoming a Lake Stevens Police Explorer and meet the above requirements, please fill out the application.

Return the completed application to the Lake Stevens Police Department.

There will be a minimum of three meetings per month; one training, one business, and one physical training in which Explorers are encouraged to attend. In addition to these meetings, Explorers are asked to participate in a minimum of one community event per quarter.


Being an Explorer offers many opportunities to learn valuable leadership and life skills, make new friends, interact with the public and, most of all, have fun! Explorers ride with full-time Officers during the course of their normal shift and are exposed to a wide variety of calls. They frequently assist these officers during the course of their duties.

Explorers in actionWhat Will I Learn?

Law enforcement posts conduct a variety of programs and projects featuring safety, training, and service. The following listing is an example of some of the activities and training in which the Explorers may participate.
  • Arrest & handcuffing techniques
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime-scene processing
  • Firearms
  • The history of law enforcement
  • Marine patrol
  • Patrol procedures
  • Radio procedures
  • Report writing
  • Traffic Enforcement