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CarHelp serve the community and gain valuable life experience

The Costa Mesa Police Department Explorer Program is a volunteer organization that helps instill the qualities of integrity, discipline, and self-esteem into young men and women interested in law enforcement or other related fields. Costa Mesa’s program, identified as explorer post #198, is part of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life. (Learning for Life provides a description of “exploring,” which can be found on its website). Explorer post #198 has an extensive tradition of preparing young men and women for any goal they choose to pursue in life.

The members of the explorer post develop leadership skills and participate in a number of activities that aid the Costa Mesa Police Department and serve the community. Explorers receive training in physical fitness, drill, report writing, patrol procedures, crime scene investigation, traffic control, driving under the influence (DUI) investigation, building searches, domestic violence, felony car stops, and criminal law. In addition, explorers attend a week-long law enforcement academy that includes classroom instruction and physical training.


Applicants for the Costa Mesa Police Department’s Explorer Program must be between 14-20 years of age and be in good physical condition. They are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be in good standing with school administrators. Applicants must not have any serious arrests or convictions. Applicants must also not be on probation when accepted into this program.

Explorers attend weekly meetings, which are held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday nights at the Costa Mesa Police Department. Explorers also attend various activities throughout the week. They are required to maintain at least an 80-percent attendance rate for all explorer-related activities.

Be a part of law enforcement, serve the community, and prepare for a brighter future – join the Explorer Program!

Contact the Explorer Post at (714) 754-4938.