Riverside Police Department


Would you like to join the Riverside Police Explorers?


Fill out the interest form if you're interested in joining the Riverside Police Explorer Program and after we receive your interest form you will be contacted with recruitment information. 


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The Riverside Police Department Explorer Program 714 is for youth between the ages of 14-21 who have an interest in learning about law enforcement. Explorers learn about laws, court procedures, police patrol techniques, leadership and organizational skills. Upon meeting requirements, Explorers are allowed to go on ride alongs with a patrol officer, participate in community policing and interact with residents in the city of Riverside. This provides an opportunity for Explorers to get a first-hand perspective of the reality of modern law enforcement.



The Explorer program is designed to build character, develop leadership skills, and an appreciation for community service. Explorers take part in events such as the Police Explorer Academy, children's fingerprinting, McGruff the Crime Dog visits, Traffic Safety Fairs, Galleria at Tyler patrol, and other special events within the community.

The Explorer's Advisory staff is made up of sworn officers from the Riverside Police Department who volunteer their time to participate in the program.


The Riverside Police Department is looking for males and females who want to become part of our organization. The Department is seeking people who are eager to learn about police work, leadership and service to the community. High school students can use their service in the Explorer's as part of their community service hours required for graduation.


The weekly Explorer meetings are held every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and include activities such as physical fitness training, uniform inspections, patrol operations training (vehicle traffic stops, pedestrian checks, fundamentals of police officer safety), report writing, and Community Oriented Policing.


What are the requirements to join the Explorer Program?

  • Ages 14 to 21
  • No major criminal record
  • Cannot be on probation or parole
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Be able to attend weekly meetings
  • Must serve 8 hours of community service with the Explorer's each month
  • Must be able to arrange transportation to the weekly meetings or events


Would you like to have the Riverside Police Explorers at one of your events?

The Explorers can provide personnel for events such as flag presentations, child fingerprinting and more. For more information,request below or otherwise please e-mail [email protected] and an Explorer representative will contact you.

Request Explorers