Explorers Program

Preparing Young Men & Women to Reach Their Goals

The Gulf Shores Police Department Explorer Program is a volunteer organization that helps instill the qualities of integrity, discipline, and self-esteem into young men and women interested in law enforcement or other related fields. Gulf Shores’ program, identified as explorer post #49, is part of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life. (Learning for Life provides a description of exploring, which can be found on its website). Explorer post #49 prepares young men and women for any goal they choose to pursue in life.

The members of the explorer post develop leadership skills and participate in a number of activities that aid the Gulf Shores Police Department and serve the community. Explorers receive training in
  • Building searches
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Criminal law
  • Domestic violence
  • Drill
  • DUI investigation
  • Felony car stops
  • Patrol procedures
  • Physical fitness
  • Report writing
  • Traffic control

In addition, explorers attend a week-long law enforcement academy that includes classroom instruction and physical training.

Application Process

Applicants for the Gulf Shores Police Department’s Explorer Program must be between 14-20 years of age and be in good physical condition. They are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing with school administrators. Applicants must not have any serious arrests or convictions. Applicants must also not be on probation when accepted into this program.

Explorers attend monthly meetings, which are held at the Gulf Shores Police Department. Explorers also attend various events and are required to maintain at least an 80% attendance rate for all explorer-related activities.

Be a part of law enforcement, serve the community, and prepare for a brighter future – join the Explorer Program.