South San Francisco Police Explorer Cadets

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Are you between 15-21 years old and looking to serve your community in a unique way? Are you curious about the various careers in police work and eager to grow your leadership skills? Are you thinking about building a college resume and earning scholarship opportunities? If so, the South San Francisco Police Explorer Cadets may be for you!

Some duties that Explorer Cadets perform are:
• Working with the community in crime prevention
• Assisting our Police Records and Services divisions
• Engaging with local younger children as role models
• Promoting our various safety programs
• Helping enforce parking and traffic control at events
• Riding along with tenured mentor officers on patrol

Our Explorer Cadets are able to learn about different jobs in law enforcement while proudly helping their local community and gaining new friends. The program teaches leadership skills, team-work, discipline, the importance of civil-service, and encourages positive relations between police and local youth. Most importantly, we help provide skills that young people will utilize throughout their lives.

Some basic requirements needed to apply are;

• Must either live or attend school in South San Francisco
• Must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA (“C” average)
• Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming a naturalized citizen
• Successfully complete an Oral-Board Interview and pass a Background Investigation

All new Explorer Cadets are required to attend an in-depth Explorer Academy. This para-military style academy takes place over nine consecutive Sundays during the Spring and Fall semesters and is hosted by multiple police agencies around San Mateo County. There, Explorer Cadets will learn about; the law, how to work with others, noble values, narcotics, firearms safety, first-aid, and numerous other topics.

If this sounds like a program for you, please apply anytime with the South San Francisco Police Department. Or for more information, call or e-mail the School Liaison Officer at (650) 829-3924 or


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