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Explorer Program

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Police Explorers with Medals

The goals of the Cobb County Police Explorers program are to educate youth in police operations, to interest them in a possible career in law enforcement, and to build confidence and valuable leadership skills for the future.

Contact:

Officer Andy Higgins, Post Advisor
(770) 528-8388

Mission Objectives

Through education and training, we will provide our explorers with inside knowledge of law enforcement and its functions in the community.

The Explorer program seeks to establish an awareness of the complexities of police service and provide young adults an opportunity to witness and experience the kind of commitment and passion is needed to be a police officer.

The Law Enforcement Explorer program will provide the Explorer with a basic knowledge of the field of law enforcement. Explorers will receive instruction in many aspects relating to law enforcement including criminal law, traffic law, criminal investigation, crime prevention, traffic control and direction, accident investigation, juvenile delinquency, and other related fields.

Post Goals and Objectives

The Law Enforcement Exploring program has three main themes:

  • To further the explorer’s education relating to law enforcement skills and operations;
  • To encourage the explorer’s participation in a rewarding and productive service of activities;
  • To prepare the explorers for life challenges, for roles as citizens, community leaders, and future law enforcement careers.

Application Process

The Cobb County Police Explorer Post #5 seeks to recruit qualified youth applicants that meet the strict standards set forth by our police department. Potential applicants are required to complete a detailed application.

Applicants will be required to submit an explorer application in order to be considered for membership in the program.

  • Applicants must attend three consecutive meetings before being given an application packet.
  • Following the receipt of the application, the applicant is subject to an oral interview before a panel not to exceed three Explorer Officers, Post Advisor and/or Explorer Advisor.
  • Potential applicants are required to attend regular meetings during the application process.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be at least fourteen years old and in high school, and may remain in the program until the age of twenty-one.
  • Explorers are expected to maintain a satisfactory G.P.A. in school, being a 2.0 or higher.
  • Applicants are subject to an extensive background investigation. Any criminal arrest or detainment may be grounds for dismissal or rejection of application.
  • Maintain a level of fitness that allows them to perform their duties effectively.
  • No affiliation or former affiliation with any gangs, cults, or organized crime.
  • Be in good standing at school, Boy Scouts of America, and the Cobb County Police Department. This program is not for troubled youth.
  • Be willing to volunteer your time to participate with events, details, and competitions.
  • Have a good moral character and possess integrity.

Probationary Period

Upon acceptance into the program, new members of Post #5 will undergo a probationary phase for a period of six months. All new members will be required to attend all post meetings during their probationary phase, unless excused by a Post Advisor or Explorer Advisor.

Any unexcused absence deemed by any Advisor will result in termination from the Post. New members must demonstrate a commitment to the program by attending six consecutive meetings before they will be issued uniforms and gear. During the probation period, each new member is subject to dismissal for violations of the policy manual, any violation of the Georgia Criminal Code, and/or county ordinances. This includes alcohol, drug, and traffic violations.

Explorers are expected to maintain a higher standard of conduct than their peers. Advisors have exclusive authority to terminate an explorer for behavioral issues, failure to uphold post standards, any negative contact with police, or other general misconduct.

Why Join

Community Relations Effort

The Law Enforcement Explorer program brings the Explorer into direct contact with police officers through meetings, details, social functions, and a ride-along program. Explorers can make their public service tangible among members of the community, especially members in their age bracket. This provides a link between the police and the youth and between the youth and the community.

Supplemental Manpower

Explorers are not sworn officers and can not replace law enforcement personnel; however, they can be used to supplement them. Explorers can free up officers to concentrate on the most important aspects of their jobs. Qualified members of the Cobb County Explorer Post can participate in the Ride-Along Program, a privilege that allows for real-world experience of law enforcement on the street.

Leadership Development

Through their experience, explorers learn and practice leadership skills similar to police personnel, including a rank structure. Explorers in leadership positions learn the realities of being responsible for all of their subordinate’s achievements and short falls. Cobb County’s post requires that the explorer supervisors must hold themselves to the highest standards and establish a strong leadership base through leadership skills including: Motivating peers, delegating assignments, and taking disciplinary action.

Appreciation for Community and Citizenship

Explorers contribute many hours of their personal lives during their participation in the explorer program. When they leave, they can reflect back and take pride in the fact that they have made a significant contribution to the welfare of their community.

Service Group within the Community

Frequently community organizations call upon Explorers to assist with security, crowd control, traffic direction, youth education, and crime prevention programs. Community service is strongly encouraged. Explorers are not used in situations that put them in jeopardy or that require police authority. However, they are used to assist the community under the close direction and supervision of police officers.

Meetings

Cobb County Police Explorer Post #5 will hold regular scheduled meetings. Each meeting will begin with roll call and uniform inspection. Meetings will involve classroom training and practical scenarios.

Cobb County Police Explorer Post #5 will meet every Thursday night from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. during the school year.

The Post will meet from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. during the summer break.

Meetings will be held at:

Cobb County Police Department 
Training Academy 
2109 Valor Drive 
Marietta, GA 30008

Times, dates, and locations are subject to change.

Training

Training will consist of Leadership Skills, Drug Prevention and Identification, Self-Defense Tactics, and a variety of other law enforcement subject areas to include:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Law
  • Domestic Intervention
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Firearms Safety/Marksmanship
  • History of Law Enfrocement
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Traffic and Crowd Control

The Post Advisor, Explorer Advisor, or the Explorer Chief will schedule training events and take suggestions for future training.

Attendance

Explorers are required to punctually attend all meetings and participate in all training that is offered by the Cobb County Police Explorer Program. Explorers take part in several competitions throughout the year which require active participation and knowledge taught during training. Any explorer who fails to be active with the group as determined by unanimous decision from the Post Advisor and the Explorer Advisor(s) would result in disciplinary action, exclusion from competition, or termination from the Post.

Message from the Post Advisor

The Cobb County Police Explorers were established in May 2004, to help the young people in our community pursue their interest in law enforcement.

We strongly believe that providing a law enforcement exploring program for the youth of Cobb County gives them the chance to develop life skills, leadership experience, and to learn the importance of community service.

Our explorer post welcomes young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 years old who are interested in law enforcement and may want to pursue a career as a police officer. This program focuses mainly on law enforcement, giving special emphasis on the development of responsibility, discipline, and the importance of integrity. In addition, explorers are provided training in many aspects of law enforcement, including criminal law, domestic violence, crime-in-progress, traffic stops, defensive tactics, DUI enforcement, and many others. Our Explorers participate in several competitions throughout the year where they will compete with other metro-area exploring posts in a variety of police related scenarios.

As a Cobb County Explorer you are required to attend weekly training meetings and scheduled community events. Our Explorers are often called upon to contribute time to help assist during community relations events. Through this experience, explorers develop and practice leadership skills similar to police personnel. Explorers that are accepted into the program must understand the commitment that is required as well as the expectation of a higher standard of conduct than their peers. Any deviation from this standard will result in dismissal from the program.

The Cobb County Police Explorer Post will always seek excellence. All of the advisors are P.O.S.T. Certified police officers with years of experience serving Cobb County. As representatives of the Cobb County Police Department we expect the best from our explorers and will not settle for any less. The advisors are very proud to serve in the Cobb County Police Department. We expect the Cobb County Explorers to understand that as they wear the uniform of Cobb County there is an expectation for a high level of professionalism, discipline, and respect for the advisors, fellow explorers and everyone they come into contact with.

We take the role of being mentors to future law enforcement officers seriously, but we will also have a lot of fun. Special events, such as cookouts, rappelling trips, laser tag, and team building outings are just some of the outside events we offer our explorers. We train hard and we play hard. We look forward to working closely with each of the explorers.

Unit Awards

The Cobb County Police Explorer Post #5, actively participates in three major competitions a year. The three major events are Winterfest, which is held in Gatlinburg, TN in January, the Explorer State Competition in April (hosting agency), and the Metro Atlanta Competition for Explorers (M.A.C.E.) in October. Currently the Post is seeking to raise funds to attend the National Explorer Competition annually.

2018

M.A.C.E. 2018

The Cobb County Police Explorers competed in the fifteenth annual Metro Atlanta Championship for Explorers (MACE) on Saturday, October 13, 2018. This year's event was held at the North Georgia Central Law Enforcement Academy and was attended by sixteen different agencies. Eight Cobb Police Explorers were divided into two teams and competed in seven different scenarios including officer survival, felony traffic stop, and warrant service. 

This was the tenth consecutive year that Cobb County Police Explorers have won the championship. 

  • 1st Place Overall (Team 1)
  • 2nd Place Overall (Team 2)
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Police Explorers MACE Championship 2018

Georgia State Championship 2018

  • 1st Place Overall
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Police Explorers GA State Champions 2018

National Law Enforcement Exploring Championship 2018

  • 2nd Place Crime Scene
  • 2nd Place Bomb Investigation
  • 5th Place Domestic Violence
  • 5th Place Crisis Negotiations
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Police Explorers National Law Enforcement Exploring Championship 2018

2017

Georgia State Championship 2017

  • 1st Place Overall
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Police Explorers GA State Champions 2017

Gwinnett County Explorer Competition

  • 1st Place Overall
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Police Explorers Gwinnett County Explorer Competition 2017

2016

M.A.C.E 2016

  • 1st Place Overall
  • 1st Place Business Dispute
  • 1st Place Domestic Violence
  • 1st Place DUI
  • 1st Place Felony Traffic Stop
  • 1st Place Suspicious Activity
  • 2nd Place Overall
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter
  • 2nd Place DUI
  • 2nd Place Felony Traffic Stop
  • 2nd Place Suspicious Activity

Georgia State Championship 2016

  • 1st Place Overall
  • 1st Place Domestic Dispute
  • 1st Place Drill and Ceremony
  • 1st Place DUI
  • 1st Place Traffic Stop
  • 1st Place Uniform Inspection
  • 1st Place Unknown Trouble
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter
  • 2nd Place Traffic Stop
  • 2nd Place Unknown Trouble
  • 3rd Place Critical Incident Command
  • 3rd Place Domestic Dispute
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Police Explorers GA State Champions 2016

National Explorer Competition 2016

  • 5th Place Traffic Stop

Winterfest Competition

  • 1st Place Burglary Alarm Response
  • 1st Place Officer Survival
  • 2nd Place Crime Scene
  • 4th Place Officer Down

2015

Winterfest 2015

  • 1st Place Active Shooter
  • 2nd Place DUI

Georgia State Championship 2015

  • 1st Place Overall
  • 1st Place Burglary in Progress
  • 1st Place Active Shooter
  • 1st Place Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place in Drill and Ceremony
  • 2nd Place Uniform Competition
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter
  • 2nd Place Burglary in progress
  • 3rd Place Unknown Trouble
  • 3rd Place Domestic Violence
  • 3rd Place Table Top Exercise/Critical - Incident Management

M.A.C.E 2015

  • 1st Place Overall
  • 1st Place Active Shooter
  • 1st Place Burglary in Progress
  • 1st Place Hostage Negotiations
  • 1st Place Traffic Stops
  • 2nd Place Burglary in Progress
  • 2nd Place Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place Hostage Negotiation
  • 3rd Place Unknown Trouble

2014

M.A.C.E 2014

  • 1st & 2nd Place Overall
  • 1st & 2nd Place Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place Active Shooter
  • 2nd Place Trouble Unknown
  • 2nd Place Unknown Risk Traffic Stop
  • 2nd & 3rd Place Hostage Negotiation
  • 2nd & 3rd Place Buy/Bust Takedown

Georgia State Championship

  • 1st Place Overall (State Champions)
  • 1st Place Traffic Stops
  • 1st Place Hostage Negotiations
  • 1st Place Crime Scene Investigations
  • 1st Place Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place Traffic Stops
  • 2nd Place Hostage Negotiations
  • 2nd Place Drill/Honor Guard
  • 2nd Place Physical Agility
  • 3rd Place Burglary In Progress
  • 3rd Place Uniform Inspections

Winterfest Competition

  • 1st Place Domestic Violence
  • 1st Place D.U.I.
  • 1st Place Felony Traffic Stop
  • 1st Place Team Volleyball
  • 2nd Place Individual Officer Survival

2013

Metro Atlanta Championship For Explorers (M.A.C.E.)

  • 1st & 2nd Overall
  • 1st Domestic Disturbance
  • 1st Trouble Unknown
  • 1st Unknown Risk Traffic Stop
  • 2nd Unknown Risk Traffic Stop
  • 2nd Barricaded Subject
  • 2nd Robbery In Progress
  • 2nd Cell Extraction
  • 3rd Robbery In Progress

State Champions

  • 1st Active Shooter
  • 3rd Active Shooter
  • 1st Burglary in Progress
  • 2nd Burglary in Progress
  • 1st DUI/Drugs
  • 2nd Felony Traffic Stops
  • 3rd Felony Traffic Stops
  • 2nd Officer Down
  • 1st Trouble Unknown
  • 2nd Trouble Unknown

Southeast Regional Championship

  • 1st Domestic Violence
  • 4th Unknown Trouble

2012

Metro Atlanta Championship For Explorers (M.A.C.E.)

  • 1st Overall
  • 2nd Overall
  • 1st D.U.I
  • 2nd D.U.I
  • 1st Domestic Dispute
  • 2nd Domestic Dispute
  • 1st Buy Bust Takedown
  • 1st Unknown Trouble
  • 2nd Unkown Trouble

National Explorer Competition

  • 2nd Place-Burglary in Progress
  • 2012 Georgia State Champions
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Police Explorers GA State Champions 2012

Winterfest Competition

  • 1st Place-Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place- Active Shooter
  • 4th Place-Burglary In Progress

2011

Metro Atlanta Championship For Explorers (M.A.C.E.)

  • 1st Place- Best Overall
  • 3rd Place- Best Overall
  • 1st Place- Crime Scene Investigation
  • 1st Place- Trouble Unknown
  • 2nd Place- Gang Response
  • 2nd Place- Cell Extraction
  • 2nd Place- Trouble Unknown
  • 3rd Place- Cell Extraction
  • 3rd Place- Burglary in Progress

State Champions

  • 1st Place- Best Overall
  • 1st Place- Traffic Stops
  • 1st Place- Unknown Problem
  • 1st Place- Search Warrant
  • 1st Place- Domestic Violence
  • 2nd Place- Traffic Stops
  • 2nd Place- Unknown Problem
  • 2nd Place- Officer Down
  • 2nd Place- Search Warrant
  • 2nd Place- Verbal Judo
  • 2nd PLace- Obstacle Course
  • 3rd Place- Officer Down
  • 3rd Place- Verbal Judo

Winterfest Competition

  • 1st Place- Bomb Threat Response
  • 2nd Place- Domestic Violence

2010

Explore Nationals

  • Nationally Ranked

State Champions

  • 1st Place-Best Overall
  • 1st Place-Accident Investigation
  • 1st Place-Burglary in Progress
  • 1st Place- Hostage Negotiations
  • 2nd Place- White Collar Crime
  • 2nd Place-Burglary in Progress
  • 3rd Place-White Collar Crime
  • 3rd Place- Arrest and Search Techniques

M.A.C.E. Champions

  • 1st Place- Best Overall
  • 1st Place- Hostage Negotiations
  • 1st Place- Unknown Risk Traffic Stops
  • 2nd Place- Officer Down
  • 2nd Place- Trouble Unknown
  • 2nd Place- Domestic Disturbance
  • 2nd Place- Hostage Negotiations
  • 2nd Place- Active Shooter
  • 3rd Place- Trouble Unknown
  • Winterfest Competition
  • 1st Place- Warrant Service
  • 3rd Place- Bomb Threat Response

2009 and Previous

2009

  • State Champions
  • M.A.C.E Champions

2008

State Championship

  • 1st place- Room Search
  • 1st place- Hostage negotiation
  • 1st place- unknown disturbance
  • 2nd place- Best Overall
  • 3rd place- Room Search

M.A.C.E Competition

  • 2nd place- High Risk Warrant
  • 3rd place- High Risk Warrant
  • 3rd place- Domestic Dispute
  • 3rd place- Accident Investigation
  • Soap Box Derby Southeast Regional Competition
  • 2nd place- Overall
  • 3rd place- Overall

2007

  • 2nd Place- Unknown Disturbance - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 2nd Place – D.U.I. scenario – State Competition
  • 3rd Place – Active Shooter – State Competition
  • 4th Place – Overall – State Competition

2006

  • 2nd Place- Unknown Disturbance - Metro Atlanta Championship
  • 2nd Place- High Risk Warrant Service - Metro Atlanta Championship
  • 2nd Place- Crime Scene Processing - State Championship
  • 2nd Place- Uniform Competition - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 4th Place- Unknown Problem/Disturbance - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 4th Place- DUI Traffic Stop - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 7th Place- Soap Box Derby Race - Marietta High School, GA

2005

  • 1st Place- DUI Traffic Stop - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 3rd Place- Constitutional Law - Winterfest Gatlinburg, TN
  • 3rd Place- Hostage Negotiation - Metro Atlanta Championship

2004

  • 3rd Place- Unknown Disturbance - Metro Atlanta Championship