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The Police Explorer Program is a career education program for youth and young adults interested in careers in law enforcement. In this program, participants will gain a better understanding of these professions and experience them first hand.  Invaluable classroom instruction and hands-on training are provided.

As a member of Explorer Post #258, participants will participate in community service activities and train in multiple areas, including, but not limited to:

  • Building Searches
  • Traffic Stops
  • Accident Investigation
  • Firearms Training
  • Drug Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Handcuffing
  • Control Tactics
  • Use of Force
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure
  • Evidence Collection and Processing

Participating in the Explorer Program is a great way to:

  • Discover if law enforcement is the career for you;
  • Build confidence, discipline, teamwork, and social skills;
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges, duties, and responsibilities of a police officer.

General Requirements

  • 14 – 20 years old
  • Remain in good academic standing (“C” average or better)
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Parental approval must be obtained, if under 18 y/o.

In order to remain in good standing with the Explorer Post, members must:

  • Attend regular meetings (every other Thursday of each month);
  • Must maintain passing grades, per the grading policy;
  • Perform Community Service;
  • All other requirements as assigned.

For more information about the Police Explorer Program contact Officer Mike Talbott at (217) 403-6911.

Applications for the Explorer Program are accepted year-round, with “new orientation” hosted in the Spring of each year.  Applications will be kept on file and applicants will be contacted when the upcoming orientation session nears.  

CPD Explorer Application

Applications can be mailed or faxed to:
Champaign Police Department
ATTN:  Administrative Assistant
82 E. University Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820

Phone:  217-403-6907
Fax: (217) 403-6924

Additional information about the Exploring Learning for Life program can be found at