BPD Explorers Program
The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Explorers Program is a once a week after school program for youth. It is held during after school hours (times may vary per district) and facilitated by the BPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO). It is also a career path program for youth city-wide, where Baltimore youth can receive service learning hours.
Youth between the ages of 14-20 enrolled in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to learn what it takes to become one of Baltimore’s Finest! Students will participate in activities focused on career development, character education, community service, diversity, leadership, and violence prevention.
Are you ready for the challenge? Fill out the appropriate application based on your current age below. Email the completed application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefits of the BPD Explorers
Explorers receive the following benefits from the program:
- Opportunity to meet other Explorers city-wide and across the country
- Participate in leadership activities and field trips
- Receive service learning hours
- Opportunity to qualify for college dual-enrollment at BCCC
- Receive access to scholarship opportunities
The Explorers also represent Baltimore City and compete nationally every two years at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC).
History of BPD Explorers Program
Since 1971, the Baltimore Police Department’s Law Enforcement Explorers Program has been enriching youths from the ages of 14 to 20 by exposing them to many different alternatives and opportunities in a Law Enforcement career. It is the goal of the program to transform youth into productive citizens therefore developing healthy and safe neighborhoods while improving and promoting diversity.
We are grateful to Buddies, Inc. our fiscal sponsor, for supporting us in sustaining this program.
BPD Explorers Program Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Become a BPD Explorer?
Interested candidates between the ages of 14-20 years old must submit a completed application (see above). Candidates will then undergo a background screening and reference check. *Candidates cannot have any felonies or major misdemeanor convictions.
What time commitment is expected from Explorers?
BPD Explorers meet directly afterschool. BPD Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) are able to meet between the hours of 2pm - 8pm each Thursday to help accommodate the schedules of Explorers who may be committed to other afterschool activities such as sports.
Each student should be able to commit at least 1 hour a week to the program. Additional time may be needed for events, trips, or competitions.