The primary mission of the United States Park Police Explorer Post is to educate and empower youth by developing their interest in law enforcement; to provide positive teenage activities through community involvement and elementary law enforcement training; to teach young adults the value of responsibility and leadership skills by promoting cooperation through personal growth and group development; and to provide youth the opportunity to grow, receive recognition, and thrive within our organization.

  • Members must be at least 14 years of age and have completed the 8th grade. Members cannot be older than 21 years of age
  • Must be a United States citizen or lawful resident alien.
  • Must have proof of active enrollment in school and maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA, no failing grades, and no more than 4 unexcused absences from school while in the program.
  • Must be drug free, including tobacco and alcohol.
  • Must have good moral character as determined by a background check, and must not have a criminal or gang affiliation or involvement.
  • Must provide a copy of his/her birth certificate, photo ID (driver’s license if applicable).
  • Must give 100% commitment to attend mandatory meetings and assigned activities (at least two meetings a month).
  • Must have 100% support from parents/guardians.
  • Must have an interest in law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and/or a community service related field.

First, we require that you attend two Post meetings that occur on the second and fourth Thursday of the month between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the United States Park Police Anacostia Station (1901 Anacostia Drive, SE., Washington, DC). On the second meeting, you will be given a Post application to complete and bring to the next scheduled meeting. If you are under 18 years of age, it must be signed by a parent or guardian. An interview will be scheduled and conducted by a Post Advisor. It will be his/her recommendation to accept or deny your application. A background check may be conducted, which will consist of checking your school records and national, State, and local police records. Upon a favorable report, you will be considered. Once accepted into the program, you will be issued two uniforms and a rules and regulations book.

You must be able to pay an annual fee of $10.00 upon selection, and $10.00 every month for post dues. Download the Explorer application and mail to USPP Explorer Post 1791, Attn; Lieutenant L. Woods, 1100 Ohio Drive, SW., Washington, DC 20020 or email at e-mail us.

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The Explorer program is designed to provide law enforcement training and experience to the Explorer through mentoring, classroom instruction, and hands-on training. Explorers will learn about law enforcement and also serve their community. Explorers are expected to participate in community related functions and special events within the National Park Service areas. The Explorer will assist law enforcement officers at the annual St. Patrick's, Cherry Blossom, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July parades. During competitively annual events such as the Marine Corps Marathon, Army Ten Miler, National Triathlon and others, Explorers will be utilized in a vast array of law enforcement assignments.

To contact an Explorer Advisor: Lt. L. Woods, 202-907-1926.

Last updated: January 27, 2017