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Irvine Police Explorers

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The Irvine Police Explorers is a volunteer program that allows high school aged young adults to investigate and explore a career in law enforcement. Explorers volunteer at a variety of community events and provide public services ranging from traffic control to fingerprinting children. After explorers complete a five-day training academy, Explorers are invited to participate in monthly patrol ride-alongs.

The Irvine Police Explorers is a fantastic way to serve the community while preparing for a career in law enforcement. Many former Explorers now serve the city of Irvine as Police Officers, Dispatchers, Traffic Investigators, and Public Safety Assistants.


 Meetings: The Irvine Police Explorers meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, at the Irvine Police Department. Meetings typically consist of general business discussions and training.

Each meeting, Explorers have the opportunity to learn how the different divisions of the police department function. Explorers have participated in presentations from Detectives, K-9 Handlers, DUI Enforcement Officers, SWAT, Crime Scene Investigators, Orange County helicopter operations, Traffic and Patrol.


Joining the Irvine Police Explorers:

  • Candidates must reside in the city of Irvine and attend High School.
  • Candidates will receive an application after attending their first meeting. The completed application must be turned in during the following meeting.
  • Candidates must be in good standing with their schools and maintain a “C” grade point average during their tenure as an Explorer
  • Explorer candidates must be free of any arrests or other criminal background.
  • Each candidate must pass a background examination.
  • After the third meeting, candidates will be invited to participate in an oral interview.
  • A review by Advisors and Explorer Staff will be conducted after the third meeting. Candidates meeting the requirements set forth by the Irvine Police Department, will be invited to become an Irvine Police Explorer.
  Hard Work and Play!: The Explorers function as a professional, cohesive team. The Explorers enjoy routine recreational outings and participate in a yearly summer vacation as a reward for all of their hard work. Past vacations have included Hawaii, New York, Washington DC, Orlando and River Rafting.  

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