Our Explorer Post consists of a group of youth volunteers, ages 14 to 21, who are interested in the law enforcement field. There is no residency requirement and current members hail from throughout King County. Some explorers may aspire to become police officers while others are merely interested in learning about the profession while gathering community service hours.
Our Explorers work at city events such as Derby Days and Redmond Lights, assist the department with large crime scenes by conducting evidence searches and controlling scene perimeters, and go on ride-a-longs with patrol officers.
The application process requires candidates to complete a written application and pass an interview. A thorough background check is conducted in which references and criminal history are evaluated. Explorers are required to have a minimum 2.0-grade point average, clean criminal history, and be willing to commit to one year of volunteering.
Each Explorer commits to at least four hours of community service a month, fulfilled by attending meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Redmond Police Department. Individuals interested are welcome to observe a meeting but must contact the Explorer Advisor prior to doing so.