Explorer Program

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The Culver City Police Department is proud to announce the launch of its Explorer Program. This youth program is designed to provide young men and women, between the ages of 14-19, with life skills, character education and leadership experience to become a productive member of society in addition to having the opportunity to start a future career in law enforcement. Culver City Police Explorers will receive the highest level of law enforcement instruction and hands-on experience such as participating in ride-alongs and assisting Culver City Police Officers with their duties.

  Minimum Qualifications
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 14-19
  • Applicants must maintain at least a “C” average in school (GPA: 2.0 or better)
  • Applicants must have good moral character without any serious arrest record
  • Applicants must be in good physical health
  • Applicants must pass a background investigation
  • Applicants must pass an oral interview
  • Applicants must complete the Basic Explorer Academy

Basic Explorer Academy:

The Basic Explorer Academy is hosted twice a year, typically beginning every February and September and continuing for 18 consecutive weeks. Full participation is mandatory. The Academy is held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Training Center in Whittier, CA. Transportation to/from the Academy will be provided from the Culver City Police Department. NOTE: A mandatory registration day is held on the Saturday preceding the start date of the Academy.


Explorers attend bi-monthly meetings year round that are designed to continue the Explorer’s development in life skills, character education and leadership experience. The meetings will consist of lectures, demonstrations, physical training, teamwork, and leadership development activities related to law enforcement. Explorers will also train in law enforcement tactics to compete against other Explorer programs in various national competitions.

Upon completion of the Basic Explorer Academy, Explorers have the opportunity to work alongside Culver City Police Officers during special events, assist with duties around the station, participate in ride-alongs, field trips, and potentially earn community service credit.

  • Basic Explorer Academy: $55
  • Learning for Life Membership: $24 annually
  • Full Uniform: about $150

Additional Information:

Please contact Sergeant Gary Irwin (310-253-6316) for information or inquiries. Applications are available now and are reviewed on a first come basis. Please return all applications to Sergeant Gary Irwin.