Police Explorer Program

The Richmond Police Department Explorer Post #110 strives to create interest in law enforcement by exposing youth to the many duties police officers perform while building the self-confidence and character of the Police Explorers. By teaching them new skills and challenging them to overcome obstacles we prepare them for a career in law enforcement and teach them the necessary tools to be successful in any profession they choose.

They learn the importance of cooperation and teamwork in achieving goals as well as accepting individual responsibility. Through service to the community the Explorers are taught the necessity of civic duty. The scouts provide security for public events including Festival by the Bay, Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Hilltop Mall Escort Service, the Girls Club Carnival, KGO-TV Leukemia-a-thon and many others. They fingerprint community children, volunteer at Police Substations, work with the Amber Schwartz and Polly Klass Foundations, perform as role players for the Crisis/Hostage Negotiations Team training and perform clerical duties and data entry.

The Explorers have competed against various Explorer posts in Statewide competitions. The physical and mental demand of the competition brings out the true spirit and enthusiasm of the Explorers. The dedication to training of the RPD Post has enabled us to win many awards and represent the City of Richmond with pride and purpose. As rewards for their hard work the RPD Post has enjoyed trips to Lake Tahoe and other overnight campouts.

The purpose of the Police Explorer Program is to provide the young men and women of the community the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes in the field of law enforcement by on-the-job exposure. The Police Explorer Post is composed of units assigned to the Patrol Division. The Explorer unit has a command structure that parallels the regular police department chain of command.
Selection Requirements
To be selected to the Police Explorer Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:


  • Applicants may be male or female
  • 14-20 years of age
  • Resident of Contra Costa County
  • Possess a High School diploma or GED certificate. If still in High School applicants must maintain a "C" average or better.
  • Good physical condition with weight in proper proportion to height
  • Vision must be 20/100 or better, correctable to 20/30 or better in each eye. Hearing must be unimpaired.
  • Good moral character. Conviction of a felony is disqualifying. A background investigation will be conducted.
  • Possess the ability to clearly express thoughts in written and oral form
  • Be willing to contribute at least 20 hours a month to the Explorer Program

Selection Process
Interested and qualified persons must submit an Explorer application which is available at the Richmond Police Department. Instructions for completion and return are on the application. The applications will be reviewed to ensure that the applicant meets the basic requirements for the position. A preliminary criminal investigation records check will be conducted. If the records check is clear, the applicant will be notified of the date and time for a personal interview. The interview will measure the applicant's abilities for decision making, communications, and public relations as well as grooming and demeanor. Applicants are welcome to ask questions about the program.

If the interview is successful, the applicant will be given a background information packet to complete. The background investigation will then be conducted. If it is successful, the applicant will be scheduled to attend the next Explorer Training Academy.

Richmond Explorers are required to successfully complete the physical agility test, POST training, written, and practical testing.

Insurance Coverage
Explorers are generally kept away from potentially hazardous situations. However, should an injury occur, Explorers are covered by State Compensation Insurance while on duty and/or training as described under the Disaster Service Worker Act. The coverage pays all medical expenses and a weekly disability allowance should you miss more than 5 days of work. Boy Scouts of America supplies a secondary policy covering the Explorer should you be injured during a department-sponsored social activity. The secondary policy pays up to $7,500.00 in medical and $500.00 in dental benefits in the event the family's policy does not cover the injury. Boy Scouts also covers the Explorer for $15,000.00 personal liability insurance and $500.00 property damage liability insurance while engaged in any authorized function. 

Police Explorers at Your Event

We often receive requests for our Explorers to attend and/or assist at public events. Explorer Post 110 stands ready to meet those requests as best we can! To streamline and track the request process we have now brought it online through the Police Explorer Request Form.  Please complete and submit your request form through this link. Your application should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event so we can consider it and add it to our calendar. Once we receive your submission we will contact you within five business days. Although the department attempts to honor community requests, we cannot grant Explorers for all events.

Please note two important things:

1.  RPD Explorers are provided by the City free of charge; however, given that the RPD Explorer Post is a youth volunteer program, if the event is longer than four hours in duration the event host should provide the Explorers with a meal.

2.  RPD Explorer Post youth members cannot attend an event without the supervision of a Richmond Police Department Advisor. Depending upon the nature of the event and sponsorship, there may be a charge for the Advisor's time (Advisors are sworn RPD members).

We appreciate your support of the Richmond Police Explorer program. 

Contact Information

Program Advisors
Officer Mark Hall 
     510-621-1212 x6678
    Monday - Thursday
     3:00 PM to 1:00 AM 

Officer Ray Hernandez 
     510-621-1212 x7185 
     Tuesday - Friday
     7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Officer C. Santana
510-621-1212 x6671
Monday - Thursday
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Officer O. Guzman
510-621-1212 x6658
Tuesday - Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Email

2011 Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition
During the weekend of September 23, 2011 the Richmond Police Explorer Post #110 traveled to Paso Robles, California to compete in the Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition.  More than 50 Police Explorer Posts from California, Arizona, and Nevada competed in 22 events which tested their skills in responding to various scenarios including high-risk traffic stops, building searches, domestic violence response and crime scene investigations. The competition also tested the Explorer's physical conditioning through various physical events. 

The preparation, hard work, dedication to training, and commitment to the RPD Explorer Post paid off in a HUGE way this year.  We are pleased to announce the results of the competition as follows:

1st Place:        Hazardous Response/Active Shooter Response
                       (Explorers C. Dixon, C. Rodriguez, F. Rodriguez and J. Molina)

                       Building Search
                       (Explorers C. Dixon, C. Rodriguez, F. Rodriguez and O. Guzman)

2nd Place:        Domestic Violence Response
                        (Explorers F. Rodriguez, M. Encino, C. Bejarano and J. Guzman)

                        Female Explorer Bicycle Course
                        (Explorer C. Molina)

3rd Place:         Male Explorer Bicycle Course
                       (Explorer J. Molina)

4th Place:        Female Advisor
                       (Civilian Advisor C. Santana)

                        Male Explorer Bicycle Course
                        (Explorer J. Pena)

6th Place:        Explorer Scholarship - $500 and a laptop computer
                       (Explorer F. Rodriguez)

Special Recognition:

                        Special Event - Advisor vs Explorer Tug of War
                        (Advisor - Ofc M. Bailey)  

In addition, the Richmond Police Explorer Post won 4th Place Overall out of more than 50 participating agencies!

Positive comments were made by Explorers and Advisors from various outside agencies about the RPD Explorers' professionalism, leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork.  Throughout the competition, RPD Explorers set the bar for the other Explorer Posts.

Congratulations to RPD Explorer Post #110 and their Advisors!  Excellent job representing our proud department!

If you would like to read more about the competition, check out this link to the Richmond Confidential article from October 12, 2011.