Police Explorer Cadet Applications Now Being Accepted!
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Philadelphia Police Explorers

The Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program is now accepting applications for 2023-24.

What is the Police Explorer Cadet Program?

The goal of the Police Explorer Cadet Program is to teach young adults the values needed to succeed in a law enforcement career and in life.

o Self-Discipline
o Self-Confidence
o Self-Respect
o Teamwork and the desire to help others

The Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program is designed to introduce young adult men and women 14 to 20 years of age interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement to the profession.

The program is structured to provide law enforcement training and experience to the Explorer Cadet through mentoring, classroom instruction, and hands-on training.

When Cadets reach their twentieth (20) birthday and desire to continue in the field of law enforcement, they are encouraged to apply to the Philadelphia Police Department and participate in the testing process.

Cadets must have reached their twenty-first (21), birthday at the time of graduating the Philadelphia Police Academy.

Explorer Post: 991
Location: Philadelphia Police Academy
8501 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136

Day / Time: Every Saturday, 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Contact: 215.685-8160

14-20 Years of Age
· applicants who are 14 years of age must be   enrolled in high school.
Applicants must be able to speak, understand, read and write the English language.
Explorer Cadets who are under eighteen (18) years of age are required to have a signed consent form from their parent or guardian.
Have no arrests or convictions which would prohibit employment as a police officer.
Be in good physical health and be able to participate in physical activities.
Physical Performance Standards
Must maintain a passing behavior or character grade while in high school.
Must be able to attend mandatory Saturday training sessions.
How to Apply
Registration Forms: can be printed out from the Explorers registration link on this website (when available) and delivered in person or mailed to the following address:

Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program
8501 State Road
Philadelphia PA, 19136

Physical Training (PT) Assessment: Once the application has been received you will be contacted by phone with a date for a PT Assessment that will evaluate your physical agility for those who wish to become Police Officers. This will be used to measure your physical accomplishments throughout the year as we condition and prepare you to be in peak shape for the entrance test for the Philadelphia Police Academy as a hired police recruit officer! Please bring a completed copy of the Physical Fitness Waiver and Release from Liability Form with you when you come for your PT Assessment. Candidates under the age of 18 should insure that the form contains their parent/guardian's signature.

Physical Performance Standards
Physical Fitness Waiver and Release From Liability Form

1st Interview: After your physical agility assessment you will be contacted and given a date and time for a formal 1st interview. You will need to bring the following four (4) documents:

birth certificate
social security card
photo identification (state ID, driver's license, passport, or school ID)
copy of your last report card or transcript.

In addition, you must bring information for three (3) references (not family related) which includes name, address, phone and /or letters of recommendation. You may also bring any other awards or certificates you have received to the interview.

Any applicant who is involved or was involved in any legal, criminal and/or civil court proceedings must bring all available paperwork documenting and explaining the incident. Examples include (but are not limited to): arrest, school suspension/expulsion, custody, protection from abuse orders, any expunged records, and parking and traffic violations/payments.
If under the age of eighteen (18) the applicant must have a parent or guardian with them during the interview.

Interview Check-List Form

Recommended dress attire for interview:

o  Applicants must dress in business attire or school uniform.
o  No jeans or sneakers permitted.
o  No Jewelry permitted except for wrist watch.
o  Males - should arrive clean-shaven with hair neatly trimmed.
o  Females - should come with hair pulled away from their face.

If the applicant successfully passes the first interview, they will be given a date and time for the second interview. They will receive a Police Explorer Questionnaire booklet (P.E.Q.) that must be completed and brought back to the second (2nd) interview.

2nd Interview: Candidates returning to the second interview will bring any necessary paperwork and the completed P.E.Q. Booklet. During the 2nd interview the interviewer/s will review the booklet with you and/or your parent/guardian if applicable. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program after carefully reviewing all testing, documentation and background check. Any false or misguiding information provided of any kind, including past criminal behavior or school discipline behavior, will be denied.

Induction Ceremony: Candidates that are accepted will be required to purchase their uniform equipment and will report to our induction ceremony where they will be sworn in by the Philadelphia Police Commissioner.

Some of the Training Includes
• Rules and Regulations
• Police history
• Ethics & Moral Issues
• PA Criminal Justice System
• PA Crime Code
• PA Motor Vehicle Code
• Search & Seizure
• Use of Force
• Firearms safety
• Report Writing & Note taking
• CPR & First Aid
• Handcuffing & arrest procedures
• Patrol Procedures
• Crowd & Traffic Control
• Crime Scene Search
• Tender age Search
• Field searches
• Control Substances Awareness
• Building Raids
• Accident Investigations
• Graphic Art/sketches
• Honor Guard Training
• Water Rescue Training
• Crimes in Progress (burglary & robbery in progress)
• Radio procedures
• Vehicle Investigations
• Domestic Disturbances

External Training

"Pennsylvania State Police Youth Week"
  The Explorers, sophomores and juniors, will receive a chance to attend State Police Youth week sponsored by the American Legion at York College, York Pa in June. It is a six day camp used to introduce cadets in all procedures of law enforcement. It is to prepare cadets thru moral, intellectual, and physical aspects to become future leaders of the commonwealth and instill in them courage, honor and commitment.
"Fort Indiantown Gap Summer Boot Camp Training"
  The Explorers stay for a week in July at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Base and receive additional, more intensive, training by law enforcement, emergency service agencies and the military. They receive training in law enforcement procedures and fire and water rescue techniques.
"Washington DC Law Enforcement Training and Educational Tours"
  Explorers have the opportunity to attend a 5-day trip held in August and will be provided hands-on training, lectures and tours by the following agencies:
  • Washington DC Metropolitan Police • United States Park Police
  • United States Capitol Police • United States Secret Service
  • Prince George County Police Dept. • D.E.A. and F.B.I.
  • United States Postal Police • Charles County Sheriff's Department

The Explorer Cadets are privileged to provide assistance during many ceremonies and activities sponsored by the following organizations:
• Philadelphia Police Department Districts and Units
• Philadelphia Fire Department Safety Muster (Fire Academy)
• Philadelphia Second Alarmers
• Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5
• Survivors 5k Run (Police Academy /FOP)
• Law Enforcement Memorial Run
• Funerals of Fallen Police Officers
• Hero Thrill Show (Wells Fargo Center)
• LEHB Health Fair (FOP Lodge #5)
• Philadelphia Police Memorial Museum
• Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge (Neshaminy State Park/ Delaware River)
• Philadelphia Youth Police Camp 3rd - 8th graders, ( Philadelphia Police Academy)
• Blue Knights Motorcycle Club (Toy Run)
• Centurions Motorcycle Club (Toy Run)
• Pennypack Park Summer Concerts (Spring & Summer)
• Irish Pub Tour De Shore Children Foundation (Philadelphia - Atlantic City)
• Tacony Day Parade
• Somerton Memorial Day Parade (Bustleton /Somerton)
• WAWA Welcome America 4th of July Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• Thanksgiving Day Parade (Mayfair/Holmesburg)
• Thanksgiving Day Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• New Years Day Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• June Fete Carnival (Upper Moreland)
• Learning for Life Functions
• Holmesburg Fish & Game Protective Association
• Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
• Police Family Day (Philadelphia Police Academy)
• Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Saint of Valor and Holiday Parties.
• Mascot Characters and education programs at various Philadelphia Schools
• Fingerprinting young children at various events
• New Upcoming - Philadelphia Police Bicycle Safety /Rodeo Courses
• New Upcoming - Philadelphia Police, Public Servant Fair for Children with Special Needs

· Provides the Explorer Cadets with training and knowledge required of various law enforcement procedures and the laws.

. Provides any explorer who completes a minimum of two (2) years of service in the program, which includes 672 hours of training, the passing of physical fitness graduation standards and 298 hours of community service or external training, with three (3) preference points to be applied to the Philadelphia Police Recruit examination.

· Provides community service hours/credits required for high school graduation.

· Provides promotional opportunities and/or pay grade advancements if Explorer Cadet
decides to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

· Provides excellent references when applying for employment opportunities with law
enforcement agencies.

· Prepares the individual for physical agility test required for all law enforcement agencies.

· The opportunity to tour/train at various law enforcement and correctional facilities and academies with local, state & federal officials.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Police Explorer Cadet Program is to guide young adults to a better path for the future through training, leadership, teamwork, discipline, friendship and to assist the Philadelphia Police Department and the citizens of Philadelphia through community service.

A chance to change, a direction in which to grow, a future on which to build, and a safe place to be.
Updated: 04/14/2023



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