|How to Apply
|Registration forms can be printed out
from the Explorers registration link on this website
and delivered in person or mailed to the following
Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program
8501 State Road
Philadelphia PA, 19136
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 and other
physical performance measures. Candidates must complete
the PT Assessment to be considered for acceptance
into the Philadelphia Police Explorer program. You
must bring a blank copy of the Physical Fitness Waiver
and Release From Liability Form with you when you
come for your PT Assessment.
Fitness Waiver & Release From Liability Form
Candidates who successfully complete the PT Assessment
will be contacted and given a date and time for a
formal interview. You will need to
bring your birth certificate, social security card,
driver's license or student id card, and a copy of
your last report card to the interview. If you are
under the age of 18, you will need to have a parent
|o Applicants must dress in business
attire or school uniform.
o No jeans or sneakers permitted.
o No Jewelry permitted except for wrist watch.
|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 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.
The program is designed to provide law enforcement
training and experience to the Explorer Cadet through
mentoring, classroom instruction, and hands-on training.
When Cadets reach their nineteenth (19) 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 appointment to the Philadelphia
|Some of the Training
|• Rules and Regulations
• Police history
• Ethics &
• PA Criminal Justice System
• PA Crime Code
• PA Motor Vehicle
• Search & Seizure
Use of Force
• Firearms safety
Report Writing & Note taking
& First Aid
• Handcuffing & arrest
• Patrol Procedures
Crowd & Traffic Control
• Crime Scene
• Tender age Search
• Control Substances Awareness
• Building Raids
• Accident Investigations
• Graphic Art/sketches
• Water Rescue Training
• Crimes in Progress (burglary & robbery
• Radio procedures
• Vehicle Investigations
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.
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.
DC Law Enforcement Training and Educational
||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
||• United States Park
||• United States Capitol Police
||• United States Secret Service
||• Prince George County Police
||• D.E.A. and F.B.I.
||• United States Postal Police
||• Charles County Sheriff's Department
The Explorer Cadets provide assistance during many
ceremonies and activities sponsored by the following
|• Philadelphia Police Department
• Philadelphia Police Memorial Museum
• Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5
Executive Fellowship Board
• Police &
Fire Thrill Show
• Second Alarmers
• Law Enforcement Memorial Run
Blue Knights Motorcycle Club
• Philadelphia Police Youth Camps
• Police Athletic League Events
• Dr. Martin
Luther King Day, American Legion Henry Hill Post 385
…as well as other community-oriented
· 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 and 298 hours of
community service or external training, with three
(3) preference points to be applied to the Philadelphia
Police Recruit examination. In addition, Explorer
Cadets who successfully complete the Philadelphia
Police Explorer training program will have the 60-credit
college requirement for the position of Philadelphia
Police Officer waived.
· 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
· 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.
|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.