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Exploring is a worksite-based program in which young adults learn about particular careers in which they have an interest. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sponsors two Exploring Posts that provide teens with the opportunities to learn about the law enforcement profession, and make informed decisions about possible future careers.
The Police Exploring program introduces students to the world of law enforcement at the local, state, and national levels. Explorers are trained in several aspects of police work and have the opportunities to compete with other posts in state, region, and national conferences. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in the Ride-Along Program, which allows the Explorers to ride in the patrol car with an experienced officer on the job. Two academies are offered every year by our department, and by the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers, as opportunities for Explorers to experience abbreviated versions of an actual police academy.

The requirements for eligibility for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorers are as follows:

  • Must be 14-20 years of age
  • Must have no serious criminal history
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA in school
  • Must have a good school record (attendance and behavior)
  • Must have parental approval

The CMPD Police Explorers meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at the Police Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Rd.  The meetings last from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.  
For further information or to request a hard copy of the application contact:

Officer Ryan Botzenmayer
Community Services and Youth Division
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202