Police Explorer Program


Please Note: Explorers Post programming is currently on hold. For more information, please contact APD’s Community Unit.

The Asheville Police Department Explorer Program gives youth (ages 14–20) hands-on experience in law enforcement activities. This afterschool program includes one-on-one long-term mentoring from volunteer officers, builds leadership skills, and gives young people the opportunity to serve their community. Experience as an Explorer opens up a world of career possibilities in law enforcement and beyond.

Explorers learn about the law, court procedures, police patrol techniques, and organizational skills. Included in their training, Explorers will be able to observe our Emergency Communication Center, and eligible Explorers (16 years or older) can participate in our ride-along program.

Explorers meet an average of 2-3 times a month, depending on events and scheduling. Explorers sometimes also travel to state and national competitions and conferences to test their new skills against other posts.

Requirements to be an Explorer

  • Be at least 14 to 19 years old
  • Be a United States Citizen or lawful resident
  • Have proof of active enrollment in school and maintain a 2.0 GPA (“C” average) or higher while in the program
  • Be drug-free, including tobacco and alcohol
  • Have a good moral character
  • Have 100% support from parents/guardians. Applicants under the age of 18 must have signed written consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate.


Applying to be an Explorer


If you want to be an Explorer, you will need to complete the application process, which includes a background check and medical clearance. Only approved applicants can participate in the program.


Download the Asheville Explorers Post Application

Interested applicants will need to contact the Asheville Police Department Community Unit for further details on the application process or information about the program.





Contact Information


Asheville Police Department
Community Unit