Police Explorer Program

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 through 20 years of age.

Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote growth and development, to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

The program objectives are set forth as follows:

  • To provide a program of training that educates young adults on the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement agencies.
  • To provide an opportunity for service, practical experiences, competition, and recreation.
  • To help prepare Explorers to become better citizens and community members through character development, physical fitness, good citizenship, and patriotism.

Additional information regarding Law Enforcement Explorer Programs

Explorer Post 783


The requirements for eligibility are:
  • Must be 14-20 years of age and have completed the eighth grade
  • Must have no serious arrests
  • Must maintain a 2.0 grade average
  • Must have a good school record (attendance and behavior)
  • Must have parental approval

Explorer Code
As an Explorer...
I believe that America's strength lies in our trust in God, and in the courage and strength of her people.
I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.
I will treasure my American heritage and will do all that I can to preserve and enrich it.

I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in dealing with them.
I will acquire the Exploring attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

Our Mission

The Winston-Salem Police Department, by charter through the Boy Scouts of America and the Old Hickory Council, pledges to adhere to and promote the core values set forth in the Explorer Code. Through the department’s efforts, Explorer Post 783, serves as a program to mentor our youth, encourage/develop leadership skills, community service awareness, promote fitness, and offer a first-hand view of what law enforcement service entails.

Explorer Post 783 also serves to promote the agency and provide a limited knowledge on the agency and its operations for those aspiring to become law enforcement professionals or obtain positions, both sworn and non-sworn, within the agency in the future.

Post Meetings

All regular Post Meetings are now held at the Alexander R. Beaty Training Center (1200 N. Patterson Ave.) every second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We recommend that individuals who meet the above requirements and believe that they are interested in the program should attend a meeting. Applications are available during the meetings should they choose to apply to the program. All applicants will undergo a full criminal history check as part of the application process.


Contact Information

If you have further questions about becoming a Winston-Salem Police Explorer, please contact:

Officer M. D. Crider
Telephone: 336-757-2017

Community Resources Unit
Telephone: 336-773-7835

Street address: 725 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Fax number: 336-773-7995

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