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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s first explorer post was first chartered with the Boy Scouts of America on October 1, 1978 by Officer Paul Conner, who would later retire as Deputy Chief. 12 years earlier, in 1966 Connor was a member of LAPD’s program and saw it as a valuable resource to young adults. He felt a great debt of gratitude to those who helped him and wanted to give the same opportunity to young people in Las Vegas. 

The first meeting was held at the old West Substation and began with about seven members with Richard Beasley and Guy Evans as founding members.

In 1979, Connor moved the post meetings to the new police academy at the East Substation when he was transferred from patrol to head the police academy. At that time, Sgt. Ken Caldwell was responsible for oversight of the program along with his other duties. Connor recruited Officer Richard Bilyeu to take over as head post advisor. Although no longer in charge of the program, Paul Connor continued to watch over and support the post as he rose up the chain of command, no matter where he was assigned. Connor stayed active in the Post and Scouting generally until retirement.


Lake Mead     Sun Article Post 444 June 1980    LE_Post_444_03.jpg    LE_Post_444_35.jpg

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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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