The Cedar Rapids Police Department has participated in the Explorer Program for 50 years. It is one of the oldest posts in the United States.
Police Explorer Post #107 was organized in February 1966 and was chartered as a “Law Enforcement Explorer Post” with the Boy Scouts of America.
Today, there are 14 members of Police Explorer Post #107, including 7 females and 7 males with various backgrounds, but a common interest in developing responsibility and leadership qualities. Explorers meet twice monthly and topics include arrest and search procedures, accident investigation, bomb threat response, burglary in progress protocols, crime scene search, hostage and crisis negotiation, domestic abuse investigation, shooting scenarios, first aid, traffic stop procedures, white collar crime investigation, firearms practice, and vehicle maneuvering procedures.
Officer Shawn Burke, a current Cedar Rapids Police Department Patrol Officer, is the advisor. He has assistance from many other police officers and community members.
Joining Explorer Post 107 is easy. The program is designed for older teenagers and young adults between 14-20 years of age. Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Cedar Rapids Police Department. The meetings are at 6:00 p.m. Please email Officer Shawn Burke if you are interested in joining.
The Cedar Rapids Police Explorers is a group of youth that is interested in law enforcement. The Explorers provide services around the community. They work with police officers in their training. It is a great learning tool to see what police officers do on a day-to-day basis.