Explorer Program

Jacksonville police officers with youth citizens at Explorer Program meeting.

Students ages 14 to 20 interested in law enforcement or fire service fields should consider joining the Jacksonville Public Safety Explorer Program. This program is designed to give real life insight into public safety related careers through hands-on activities and instruction from local professionals. This program is open to all local high school students. (You cannot be over 18 years of age when you enter the program. Explorers will age out of the program at 21 years old). 

  • Letter of recommendation from School Resource Officer required
  • $36 one-time insurance fee for each explorer (each sequential year enrolled in the program is free of cost)
  • Uniforms, equipment, training, and events covered at no cost
  • Certificate upon successful program completion
  • Looks great on college application or career resume
  • Program available through Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life (participants are not required to be members of BSA; males and females invited to apply)

If you or your student are interested in the program, you can email the JPD Community Community Services Division or call 910 938-6406.