Columbus Police Explorers Information

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eigth grade and are between 14 - 18 years of age.

Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities.  For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

The Columbus Division of Police Explorer Program has two Posts, and a weekly meeting is for each post:

Monday, 6 PM, Columbus Police Academy (1000 N. Hague Avenue - West)
Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Columbus Police Academy (1000 N. Hague Avenue - West)
 

Explorers will be trained in:

Police Radio 10-codes
Police Officers use radio codes to talk over the air.  Explorers are expected to learn these codes and are tested on them weekly.
Physical Training
Explorers are tested on the physical standards that applicants are required to meet in order to become an officer.
Crime Scene Search / Investigation
Training goes above a normal officer's duty to investigate and search a crime scene, collect evidence, and potentially solve a crime.
Bomb Threat Response
Includes what to do in an extreme situation of any bomb threat or other serious threat to potentially injure property and life.

Building Searches
An example of a burglary with an open building, preparing how to make an extrance and search a premises to look for suspects.

Arrest and Search Techniques
Training that SWAT uses in their duties, making entry into a building with a search warrant to arrest persons and search the property.
Accident Investigation
How to investigate a serious traffic accident to take measurements and witness statements to determine the events that caused an accident.
Domestic Crisis Intervention
The most common call, domestic situations can escalate into violence.  Explorers are trained how to solve common domestic problems.
Hostage Negotiation
Some serious situations can result in a suspect holding a hostage.  Explorers are to talk the suspect out to release the hostage safely.
Traffic Stops
A common pickup run, from the basic traffic ticket that goes without incident to irate drivers, and up to high-risk felony stops.
Inspections
Uniform inspection is a high priority with the Post.  Uniforms are inspected to make sure they will represent the Post and Division proudly.
Defensive Tactics
The Defensive Tactics Unit gives Explorers training on how to control a prisoner in custody and training to protect themselves from harm.
And much more...
Other activities include Crime Prevention, White Collar Crime, Emergency Field First Aid, Vice, Narcotics, and Canine.

All Explorers that join may participate in the ride along program with Columbus Police Officers after a three-month probationary period.  During a ride along, Explorers will see first hand what an officer's daily duties are about.  Members will see what happens on the street and assist officers with tasks such as paperwork, computer operations, and radio operation.

Explorers may also aid with traffic and crowd control in certain situations, with all necessary training.  Explorers will also compete in the Explorer's National Conference, which is held every two years.

For more information, feel free to contact one of the following officers:

Officer William Lang, #2007 (Senior Advisor)
(614) 645-6922
WLang@columbuspolice.org

Officer Jason Jackson, #619 (Senior Advisor)
(614) 645-1407
JTJackson@columbuspolice.org

Officer Eric Westbrook #2532 (Senior Advisor)
(614) 645-6922
EWestbrook@columbuspolice.org