Explorer Posts 1742 and 2252
The Fairfax County Police Department Explorer Posts 1742 and
2252 are youth run programs open to young people ages 14 (and
completed the 8th grade) to 20 with an interest in learning more about
careers in the field of law enforcement. The programs provide
opportunities to learn about law enforcement, serve the community through
public service, and teach important life skills such as leadership,
public speaking, and self-confidence.
Explorers receive extensive training in various techniques used by law enforcement professionals. This training includes traffic stops, building searches, bomb threat response, hostage negotiation, accident reconstruction, and arrest & search techniques. Explorers become familiar with police radio procedures, patrol areas, vehicles, equipment, and methods of patrol. In addition, Explorers are eligible to participate in the department's ride along program where they get to ride with a patrol officer and experience life through the eyes of an officer. Explorers are given an overview of the Fairfax County Police Department as a whole and its daily operations.
Every other year, members of Explorer Posts 1742 and 2252 travel to regional and national events to compete against other Explorer Posts throughout the world by utilizing the training they have received throughout the year. Their knowledge of police procedures and responses to various scenarios are assessed by judges who themselves are police officers.
Post 1742 and Post 2252 conduct bi-monthly, two-hour membership meetings, on the first and third Monday of each month (holidays excluded) from 7pm - 9pm with a summer break in July. Most meetings are held at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy (14601 Lee Road, Chantilly) and occasionally at other locations within the County (Courthouse, Adult Detention Center, etc). Each explorer is required to provide their own transportation for meetings and various events. Explorer Posts 1742 and 2252 model the Fairfax County Police Department and are paramilitary organizations with strict rules and regulations.
To be considered for acceptance into Explorer Post 1742 or 2252 the following standards must be met:
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien with application for naturalization filed and pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Possess, or be able to acquire, a valid government issued photo ID (i.e. passport, driver's license, military ID, state issued identification card)
- No current Illegal drug use. Prior drug use will be reviewed with respect to recent use, type of drug and frequency of use
- Never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. Involvement in past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Maintain a “C” (2.0) grade average in their respective school if applicable
- Attend mandatory meetings, training, and community outreach events.
- Actively participate in fund raising events
- Able to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms (every effort is made to keep expenses to a minimum)
The Explorer Posts accept applications once a year in the Autumn. For further information and to obtain an application, during the acceptance period, please visit the Explorer Post web-sites at www.post1742.org and www.post2252.org/ .