RICHARDSON – The Richardson Police Department’s Explorer Program is giving young men and women from around the community the opportunity to learn what its like to serve and protect.

“The Richardson Police Explorer Program is a great community outreach program because we’re able to reach the youth. The program emphasis career opportunities, life skills and citizenship,” said Officer Raul Reyes, Richardson Police Department.

The explorers meet weekly at the Richardson Safety Campus and participate in various indoor and outdoor activities, from routine traffic stops and drug investigation scenarios to active shooter situations and learning how to deescalate possible dangers.

Participants are between the ages of 14-21 and several have gone on to become Richardson police officers.

Every year Richardson’s Explorer Post 761 compete with other explorers around the country on their newly learned skills. They also get to network with other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, the CIA, ATF, and the United States Secret Service.

Visit for more information on the program and how to get involved.