What if I don't know if this career is for me?


If you're unsure about a career in law enforcement, this is certainly the program for you! You'll see nearly every part of the police department and how it operates on a day-to-day basis. After spending some time in the program, you can decide if you want to pursue the career. If not, you still will have learned very valuable life skills!


Can I switch focus areas once I join?


Yes. If, after you join our program and succesfully pass our membership requirements, you wish to change to a different focus area within the program, you may do so without re-applying. 


When and where are meetings held?


For the first three months of membership, all new explorers meet on Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at LVMPD Headquarters. After 3 months and successfully passing the background investigation, explorers meet at the following locations:


CSI Explorers:

Every other Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the LVMPD Crime Lab


Corrections Explorers:

Every other Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Clark County Detention Center


Dispatch Explorers:

Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the dispatch center


Police Explorers:

Every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at LVMPD Headquarters


What do I need to bring to the meetings?


Provisional members wear professional, business casual attire until issued a Provisional Explorer uniform. 

Explorers wear their LVMPD-issued uniform and are required to bring their complete duty belt, notebook, and pens. Depending on the meeting, additional equipment may be necessary.


How can I join the program?


Prospective members first apply online. After successfully submitting an application, prospective members must attend an orientation meeting.


How old do I have to be?


You must be at least 16 but not older than 20 years, 6 months by the first week of April or October, depending on your application date.


When are you accepting new members?


We accept new members twice yearly: in April and October. Our online application is generally open in February and August.


How long does the application process last?


Once you apply, you will recieve a confirmation email and an invitation to an orientation meeting. The process generally takes 3 to 4 weeks.


How long does the background process last?


The process may take up to 6 months depending on various circumstances. Prospective members must pass a full background investigation before fully joining the program.


Does it cost anything to be an explorer?


New members must pay a one-time, non-refundable fee of $34 payable by check or money order to The LVMPD Explorer Program Inc. 


What else will I need to purchase?


You will be required to purchase basic equipment such as a binder, writing supplies, bag, duty belt, boots and tactical uniform at your cost. Class A uniforms are provided by LVMPD and are property of the police department.

You may also be required to pay to attend competitions however all efforts are made to pay for post travel through fundraising.


After being in the program do I become a police officer, dispatcher, crime scene analyst or corrections officer?


No. While the LVMPD Explorer Program will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, being an Explorer does not automatically grant you a position. You must follow the same application process as other applicants.

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About the Explorer Program

The LVMPD Explorer Program exposes young adults to a career in law enforcement by matching their interests in four specific areas: Crime Scene Investigation, Corrections, Dispatch, and Police. In addition to the training they receive, the LVMPD Explorer Program also aims to develop and refine qualities such as maturity, responsibility, character, civic duty, and personal fitness.


The LVMPD wants the community it serves to have pride in its police department. It is our goal to proactively police our neighborhoods to prevent crime. We are committed to building strong partnerships with the community to guide us and communicate effectively to ensure the public’s trust. Our dedication to fighting crime and improving the quality of life in Las Vegas includes maintaining the safety of the millions of visitors that Las Vegas hosts each year. - Sheriff Joseph Lombardo

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