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Explorer program

The Santa Ana Police Explorer Program provides an opportunity for young men and women to experience first hand, how a police department functions and what it takes to get started with a challenging career in Law Enforcement. Twice a year, new Explorers have an opportunity to attend a formal academy where they are taught criminal law, radio codes, traffic control, first aid, military drill, police procedures and other basic techniques.

Santa Ana Police Explorers perform a variety of community services such as traffic control at parades, festivals and special events. Occasionally, they are called to assist police in emergency situations such as searching for missing children, evidence or to perform any other duties required by the police department.

Explorers meet the first, second & third Wednesday of the month from
6:00 – 8:30 PM. The meetings are generally held at the police department or Centennial Park (located at 3000 W. Edinger). Please call ahead of time to confirm the meeting location.


  • Be between the ages of 14 and 21 at the time of application and have completed the 8th grade.
  • No criminal record or excessive traffic violations.
  • Maintain a “C” grade average while a student in high school or college.
  • Attend three meetings a month.
  • Submit required application forms and pass an oral interview and background check.
  • Complete a six month probationary period that includes written work and tests.

For more information

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