|How to Apply
||Registration Forms: can be printed out from the Explorers registration link on this website (when available) and delivered in person or mailed to the following address:
Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program
8501 State Road
Philadelphia PA, 19136
||Physical Training (PT) Assessment / Written Test: Once the application has been received you will be contacted by phone with a date for a PT Assessment that will evaluate your physical agility and other physical performance measures. Candidates must complete the PT Assessment to be considered for acceptance into the Philadelphia Police Explorer program. You must bring a completed copy of the Physical Fitness Waiver and Release from Liability Form with you when you come for your PT Assessment. Candidates under the age of 18 should insure that the form contains their parent/guardian's signature.
Fitness Waiver and Release From Liability Form
Immediately following the PT portion applicants who successfully completed the P.T. Assessment will immediately take a written test consisting of reading comprehension, problem solving, proper spelling and grammar usage, basic math, map navigation, and facial/ vehicle recognition.
||1st Interview: Candidates who successfully complete the P.T. Assessment and the written test will be contacted and given a date and time for a formal 1st interview. You will need to bring the following four (4) documents:
• birth certificate
• social security card
• photo identification (state ID, driver's license, passport, or school ID)
• copy of your last report card or transcript.
In addition, you must bring information for three (3) references (not family related) which includes name, address, phone and /or letters of recommendation. You may also bring any other awards or certificates you have received to the interview.
Any applicant who is involved or was involved in any legal, criminal and/or civil court proceedings must bring all available paperwork documenting and explaining the incident. Examples include (but are not limited to): arrest, school suspension/expulsion, custody, protection from abuse orders, any expunged records, and parking and traffic violations/payments.
If under the age of eighteen (18) the applicant must have a parent or guardian with them during the interview.
Interview Check-List Form
Recommended dress attire for interview:
o Applicants must dress in business attire or school uniform.
o No jeans or sneakers permitted.
o No Jewelry permitted except for wrist watch.
o Males - should arrive clean-shaven with hair neatly trimmed.
o Females - should come with hair pulled away from their face.
If the applicant successfully passes the first interview, they will be given a date and time for the second interview. They will receive a Police Explorer Questionnaire booklet (P.E.Q.) that must be completed and brought back to the second (2nd) interview.
||2nd Interview: Candidates returning to the second interview will bring any necessary paperwork and the completed P.E.Q. Booklet. During the 2nd interview the interviewer/s will review the booklet with you and/or your parent/guardian if applicable. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program after carefully reviewing all testing, documentation and background check. Any false or misguiding information provided of any kind, including past criminal behavior or school discipline behavior, will be denied.
||Induction Ceremony: Candidates that are accepted will be required to purchase their uniform equipment and will report to our induction ceremony where they will be sworn in by the Philadelphia Police Commissioner.
| What is the
Police Explorer Cadet Program?
The goal of the Police Explorer Cadet Program is to
teach young adults the values needed to succeed in
a law enforcement career and in life.
o Teamwork and the desire to help others
The Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program is
designed to introduce young adult men and women 14
to 20 years of age interested in pursuing a career
in law enforcement.
The program is designed to provide law enforcement
training and experience to the Explorer Cadet through
mentoring, classroom instruction, and hands-on training.
When Cadets reach their nineteenth (19) birthday and
desire to continue in the field of law enforcement,
they are encouraged to apply to the Philadelphia Police
Department and participate in the testing process.
Cadets must have reached their nineteenth (19),
birthday at the time of appointment to the Philadelphia
|Some of the Training
|• Rules and Regulations
• Police history
• Ethics &
• PA Criminal Justice System
• PA Crime Code
• PA Motor Vehicle
• Search & Seizure
Use of Force
• Firearms safety
Report Writing & Note taking
& First Aid
• Handcuffing & arrest
• Patrol Procedures
Crowd & Traffic Control
• Crime Scene
• Tender age Search
• Control Substances Awareness
• Building Raids
• Accident Investigations
• Graphic Art/sketches
• Water Rescue Training
• Crimes in Progress (burglary & robbery
• Radio procedures
• Vehicle Investigations
State Police Youth Week"
||The Explorers, sophomores
and juniors, will receive a chance to
attend State Police Youth week sponsored
by the American Legion at York College,
York Pa in June. It is a six day camp
used to introduce cadets in all procedures
of law enforcement. It is to prepare cadets
thru moral, intellectual, and physical
aspects to become future leaders of the
commonwealth and instill in them courage,
honor and commitment.
Gap Summer Boot Camp Training"
||The Explorers stay for a
week in July at Fort Indiantown Gap Military
Base and receive additional, more intensive,
training by law enforcement, emergency
service agencies and the military. They
receive training in law enforcement procedures
and fire and water rescue techniques.
DC Law Enforcement Training and Educational
||Explorers have the opportunity
to attend a 5-day trip held in August
and will be provided hands-on training,
lectures and tours by the following agencies:
||• Washington DC Metropolitan
||• United States Park
||• United States Capitol Police
||• United States Secret Service
||• Prince George County Police
||• D.E.A. and F.B.I.
||• United States Postal Police
||• Charles County Sheriff's Department
The Explorer Cadets are privileged to provide assistance during many ceremonies and activities sponsored by the following organizations:
|• Philadelphia Police Department Districts and Units
• Philadelphia Fire Department Safety Muster (Fire Academy)
• Philadelphia Second Alarmers
• Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5
• Survivors 5k Run (Police Academy /FOP)
• Law Enforcement Memorial Run
• Funerals of Fallen Police Officers
• Hero Thrill Show (Wells Fargo Center)
• LEHB Health Fair (FOP Lodge #5)
• Philadelphia Police Memorial Museum
• Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge (Neshaminy State Park/ Delaware River)
• Philadelphia Youth Police Camp 3rd - 8th graders, ( Philadelphia Police Academy)
• Blue Knights Motorcycle Club (Toy Run)
• Centurions Motorcycle Club (Toy Run)
• Pennypack Park Summer Concerts (Spring & Summer)
• Irish Pub Tour De Shore Children Foundation (Philadelphia - Atlantic City)
• Tacony Day Parade
• Somerton Memorial Day Parade (Bustleton /Somerton)
• WAWA Welcome America 4th of July Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• Thanksgiving Day Parade (Mayfair/Holmesburg)
• Thanksgiving Day Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• New Years Day Parade (City of Philadelphia)
• June Fete Carnival (Upper Moreland)
• Learning for Life Functions
• Holmesburg Fish & Game Protective Association
• Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival
• Police Family Day (Philadelphia Police Academy)
• Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Saint of Valor and Holiday Parties.
• Mascot Characters and education programs at various Philadelphia Schools
• Fingerprinting young children at various events
• New Upcoming - Philadelphia Police Bicycle Safety /Rodeo Courses
• New Upcoming - Philadelphia Police, Public Servant Fair for Children with Special Needs
· Provides the Explorer Cadets with training
and knowledge required of various law enforcement
procedures and the laws.
. Provides any explorer who completes a minimum
of two (2) years of service in the program, which
includes 672 hours of training and 298 hours of
community service or external training, with three
(3) preference points to be applied to the Philadelphia
Police Recruit examination. In addition, Explorer
Cadets who successfully complete the Philadelphia
Police Explorer training program will have the 60-credit
college requirement for the position of Philadelphia
Police Officer waived.
· Provides community service hours/credits
required for high school graduation.
· Provides promotional opportunities and/or
pay grade advancements if Explorer Cadet
decides to join the U.S. Armed Forces.
· Provides excellent references when applying
for employment opportunities with law
· Prepares the individual for physical agility
test required for all law enforcement agencies.
· The opportunity to tour/train at various
law enforcement and correctional facilities and
academies with local, state & federal officials.
|The mission of the Police Explorer
Cadet Program is to guide young adults to a better
path for the future through training, leadership,
teamwork, discipline, friendship and to assist the
Philadelphia Police Department and the citizens of
Philadelphia through community service.
A chance to change, a direction in which to grow,
a future on which to build, and a safe place to be.