The Klamath Falls Police Explorer Program a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides young people in the community an opportunity to learn about law enforcement. The Explorer Program is an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America and normally consists of approximately 15 members.
Police Explorers are provided with law enforcement related training and are given opportunities to ride along with police officers while on patrol duty. They assist with day to day tasks as well as special assignments such as vacation house checks, traffic control, surveillance, and other miscellaneous functions. Each member is required to contribute a minimum of 36 hours to the program every two months.
Prior to acceptance into the program, each applicant must submit to an application screening, an oral board testing process and a background investigation.
Minimum qualifications include the following:
- Must be a United States Citizen
- Must be between 15 and 20 years of age
- Must possess a responsible personal history
- Must possess a responsible driving record if applicable
- Must have no felony convictions
- Must have no misdemeanor convictions or arrests within 2 years of application
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED unless currently attending high school
- Must possess and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average while attending high school
- Must have parent authorization if under 18 years of age
Explorers are responsible for providing their own uniform and equipment if they are accepted into the program. The cost is approximately $150 per person (short term equipment loans may be available on a case by case basis).
Applications (DOC) are accepted at any time and kept on file until positions become available. Applications can be obtained at and returned to the:
Klamath Falls Police Department
2501 Shasta Way
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Any questions regarding the Explorer Program should be directed to the program coordinator at 541-883-5336.