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Police Explorer Program

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 Program Overview

The Explorer Program is a learning experience that is offered through the Scouts of America. The program is offered in a variety of different career fields, with police and fire being the most popular.  Although the Explorer Program is offered through the Scouts, participants spend their time learning at an actual police department.

In January 2018 the Evanston Police Department re-launched its Explorer Program for the first time in almost 30 years.  The Explorer Program offers Evanston youth interested in Law Enforcement an opportunity to learn directly from officers, giving youth a first-hand look at life as a police officer.   The program is comprised of a classroom style curriculum coupled with hands on activities such as traffic stops, mock crime scene investigation, and ride alongs.  There is also a community service aspect built into the program where Explorers volunteer to participate in local community events. 






Our goal is to to provide a solid foundation of basic police principles for youth interested in a law enforcement career.  Additionally, we aim to create a better understanding, dialogue, and partnership between the youth and the police through education, in order to establish a safer community.


Providing local youth with an opportunity to gain real hands on knowledge of a career field is a benefit to the youth, the police department and the community.  Explorers could potentially go on to become police officers in the community they grew up in which is a significant benefit to all, and an investment into the community's future.


  • Open to high school students in grades 9-12
  • Must be an Evanston resident
  • Must maintain a "C" average
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Be able to attend twice a month meetings  

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The program meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month year-round with a modified summer schedule. Explorers are expected to attend regularly and participate in activities.  Explorers are expected to wear an approved uniform.  Currently, costs associated with the program include a $40 membership and insurance fee through Scouts of America. Uniform shirts are provided by the department however, Explorers must purchase their own pants, belt, and boots. 

If interested please submit an application. Each application is followed by an interview and background check pending parental approval.   

The link to apply is below, parental permission is required: 



For more information please contact Officer Enjoli Daley at or Sgt. Scott Sophier at

If you would like to donate to this program or are interested in a community partnership, please contact Detective Mikhail Geyer at