Police Explorers Club

The Police Explorers Club is designed for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades between the ages of 11 - 14 years old. 

The Police Explorer program is an exciting career development program sponsored by the Longview Police Department which provides young men and women the opportunity to learn about the possible career choices available in law enforcement today. Explorers are afforded the opportunity to learn and become acquainted with police techniques and procedures, both in classroom and field environments, including actual "hands-on" field experience.
Many former Police Explorers have gone on to law enforcement careers at all levels, including working for their local police department or with State and Federal agencies. 

Designed by the Boy Scouts of America, and administered through the Learning for Life organization, the Explorer program helps to build good character, promotes good citizenship and encourages participants to develop personal and mental fitness. The program gives youth the means and opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with others their age, as well as with caring adults who share their time with them. 

The Longview Police Explorer Club program is designed around the following six experience areas:
  • Mental and Physical Fitness
  • Law Enforcement as a Career
  • Community Service
  • Social interaction
  • Citizenship with pride
  • Appreciation of the Outdoors

Explorer Academy

Longview Police Explorer Post 202 offers a week-long Explorer Academy each year during the summer. Topics of instruction include:
  • History of Policing
  • Radio Procedure
  • Basic Patrol Procedures
  • Report Writing
  • Texas Penal Code
  • Traffic Law
  • Crime Prevention
  • Accident Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
  • Arrest & Search Techniques
  • Juvenile Law
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Courtroom Procedures
At the conclusion of the Explorer Academy, Explorers are required to pass a written exam covering the topics of instruction.


Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades interested in becoming a Police Explorer must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be between 11 & 14 years of age
  • Must maintain a minimum "C" average in their academic classes at school
  • Must not have been taken to JDC
  • Have good moral character
  • Must register with the Boy Scouts of America (done through the Club)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to join?

There is an initial, one-time fee of $35.00 for registration (there may be scholarships available). Other minimal associated costs with joining the Explorer Club will be discussed at future meetings. The costs will always be very minimal. Some Explorers choose to purchase additional equipment, i.e. flashlight, boots and leather gear.

If this is a Boy Scouts program, can girls join?

Yes. This program is open to both boys and girls.

Who is the Advisory Staff?

Post Advisors are police officers and other volunteers and employees of the Longview Police Department. Advisor training is provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Currently, the Post 202 Advisors are:
  • Officer Bryan Bankston
  • Officer Robert Brian
  • Officer Jose Montalvo
  • Sergeant Mark Alford

I'm thinking about joining, can I come to a meeting to find out more?

Sure. You are welcome to attend any of the regular meetings. Coming to a meeting is an excellent way to find out more about Exploring and Post 202, meet the Advisers and talk
to other Explorers about their experiences. Meetings are held twice a month on Monday
nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Longview Police Department's building located at the corner of Northwest Drive and Fairmont Street, near Pine Tree High School. 

Scheduled meeting dates:

Contact Officer Robert Brian for more information at 903-399-9512.

Can I bring a friend?

Of course. Our new Explorers often bring along a best friend, classmate, or even a brother or sister. You can even bring along a parent so they can see what the program is like.

What do I need to do to join?

Basically, just come to a meeting. If you meet the requirements listed above and decide to
join, you will need to complete an application. You can obtain an application from any
Post Adviser. As mentioned above, there is a one-time $33.00 registration fee (scholarships may be available).  For more information contact Officer Robert Brian at 903-399-9512 or rbrian@Longviewtexas.gov.