Police Explorers

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Explorer Post 815Millbrae Police Department Explorer Post 815 is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America and operates with the support of the San Mateo County Police Chief's Association. The Explorer Program is an excellent opportunity for young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one to gain experience in Law Enforcement.

Essential Duties

The Millbrae Police Department's Explorers assist with basic police department activities such as clerical work, traffic and parking control, as well as special functions such as the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival. They are also able to ride along with officers on patrol and assist them with some of their duties. The focus of the Explorer Program is to allow young people to interact with the members of the Police Department as well as the community as they consider a possible career in Law Enforcement.


  • At least 14 years of age
  • Free of any felony convictions
  • Maintain a "C" average in school
  • Able to volunteer 12 hours each month
  • Able to attend an 9-week Explorer Academy (8 Sundays and one Saturday)
  • Able to attend two meetings each month
Officer Le and Explorer Mak
Officer George Le &
Explorer Rico Mak.


Upon appointment as a Police Explorer you will attend an eight-week Explorer Academy which is held at the College Of San Mateo at the Basic Police Academy. There is also one Saturday session which involves instruction in basic search and rescue techniques at Huddard Park in Woodside.

Each year there are Law Enforcement Explorer Conferences throughout the nation. Explorers are able to take part in classes and training scenarios put on by Police Agencies such as the F.B.I., D.E.A., and other nationally recognized Law Enforcement Agencies. This year's National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Post 815 will be sending a competition team to the conference this summer with assistance from advisors Kathleen Murray and Officer Stephen O'Malley.

Explorers also have two meetings each month where they receive training. During the meetings Explorers learn basic techniques such as DUI investigation, arrest control techniques, report writing, and other basic law enforcement duties.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming an Explorer or you would like further information about the program, please contact School Resource Officer Steve O'Malley at 650-259-2473. If you would like to attend one of the Explorer meetings, you can make arrangements with Officer O'Malley.

If you are interested in the Explorer program or you would like further information about the program, please contact School Resource Officer Steve O'Malley at 650-259-2473.