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October 29, 2013 > So you want to be a Newark Police Explorer?

So you want to be a Newark Police Explorer?

Submitted By Newark Police Department

Are you interested in law enforcement? Are you between the ages of 14 and 20? Do you live in the Newark area? Well, if you answered yes to these three questions, the Explorer Program might be for you. The Newark Police Explorer Program is a volunteer organization that is derived from the Boy Scouts of America. Its mission is to provide an in-depth, firsthand experience in law enforcement and related areas of the criminal justice system for young adults.

The program develops leadership and mature judgment through training and teamwork, provides support and assistance to the community through various events and projects, and develops a positive rapport between young adults and agents of the criminal justice system.

Newark Police Explorers, Post #467, is an elite group of young adults who are seriously interested in learning more about law enforcement and related careers. Although pursuing a career in a law enforcement-related career is not required for admittance, often an Explorer will enjoy his or her experience in the Post and decide that they wish to pursue that career path.

The journey to becoming an Explorer is a simple process in which a potential candidate attends meetings. After attending several meetings, the candidate will be asked questions during an oral board interview conducted by current Explorers and Explorer Advisers. Upon completion of the oral board interview, a written examination testing the candidate's knowledge of police codes is administered. For a candidate to be considered, they must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, be between the ages of 14 and 20, have no prior criminal record, and either be in high school with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or have completed high school (or any equivalent).

At weekly Explorer meetings, various topics are discussed, including future events in which their services may be needed. Explorers are also given basic training of various tasks performed by the police officers of the Newark Police Department.

For more information on this program or becoming an Explorer, please contact Officer Salvador Sandoval at (510) 578-4289 or

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