Police Explorers

West Fargo Explorers post 281, with seal of Explorers on one side and West Fargo Police on other

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Traffic stop training

What is Exploring

Law Enforcement Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14 to 20. Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

Explorer Post 281

Through hands-on training, Explorers learn about basic police procedures, techniques and tactics. They also tour facilities of agencies that work closely with the police. Explorers have the opportunity to test what they have learned in competitions with other police Explorers. Explorers also help the police department with local community events such as parades and community picnics.

West Fargo Police Explorers will receive training that will not only prepare them police specific applications, but also to be effective adults in the community. Many Explorers go on to become police officers, and the skills learned as an explorer are invaluable. Explorers that do not choose law enforcement as a career come away with valuable life skills as well. Effective communication, problem solving, leadership, and other skills will be learned through the explorer post.

The West Fargo Police Explorer Post meets twice monthly, generally on Thursday evenings.

If you're curious about the possibility of a career in law enforcement, we invite you to participate.

Course Content - What We Do

  • Arrest and Search Procedures
  • Community Events
  • Crime Scenes
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Dispatch Tour
  • Drug Enforcement
  • DUI Enforcement
  • End of Year Award Ceremony
  • Fire Department Tour
  • Firearm Safety
  • Police Department Tour
  • Police K-9 Demo
  • Ride-Alongs
  • Summer Field Trip
  • SWAT / Bomb Squad / Negotiations
  • Traffic Stops
  • Traffic / Crowd Control
  • Use of Force


  • Ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) through 21 (must have been with our post prior to graduating high school)
  • Attend at least 70% of meetings.
  • Be willing to volunteer time to participate in Explorer Post functions
  • Clear criminal record
  • Maintain 2.0 Grade Point Average or better
  • Mature, responsible, self-disciplined and dedicated
  • Must abide by all rules and regulations which govern the West Fargo Police Explorer Post
  • Respectable driving record
  • Interest in law enforcement