Explorers Program

Overland Park Police Department Explorer Post #2986 consists of approximately 25 high school and community college students ranging from 14 to 20 years of age. Police officers serve as Explorer advisers who oversee the program. 

To be eligible, students must:

  • Have completed eighth grade.
  • Be 14 to 20 years old.
  • Complete and turn in an application form.
  • Have a clean criminal record with no felony arrests.
  • Have a valid driver’s license or permit, if the applicant has a license or permit.
  • Not have any status offenses (runaway or truancy).
  • Have no more than three moving violations in a two-year period of time.
  • Not have any misdemeanor arrests, including alcohol offenses, in the last year.
  • Not be on probation or diversion.
  • Not have any negative contacts with law enforcement.
  • Have and maintain a 2.0 GPA or above.

As an Explorer, cadets participate in drills and sessions designed to:

  • Highlight job awareness
  • Develop career-building skills,
  • Teach life-skills,
  • Promote citizenship,
  • Facilitate character development, and
  • Encourage leadership while having fun in a safe and supportive environment.

The OPPD Explorer Post meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the W. Jack Sanders Justice Center. Meetings include presentations and scenarios related to law enforcement topics. Explorers participate in activities such as mock building searches, vehicle stops and police ride-a-longs.

One of the benefits of being an Explorer is having the opportunity to get to know the officers. The experience helps determine a student’s future in the area of law enforcement. In June, the Post hosts an explorer week-long camp and Law Enforcement Challenge for other law enforcement posts to participate.

For more information call 913-895-6950.