Explorer Program

The Olathe Police Department Explorer Post is designed to provide challenging knowledge and training for young people interested in a career in law enforcement. Participants will receive hands on experience to better prepare them for the realities of a career in law enforcement.  The Explorers are given the opportunity to perform numerous police officer tasks while not being placed in dangerous law enforcement situations.

The Olathe Police Explorers Program is a great way for youth to be involved in their community in a positive way.


Applications for the 2016-2017 session will available on July 1st 2016 at Police Headquarters and will be accpeted until August 12th 2016.


Olathe Police Explorer Requirements:

  • Be 14-20 years of age
  • Must have completed the 8th grade
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation and driving check
  • Maintain at least a “C” average in all school
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions
  • Maintain good moral character
  • Demonstrate the willingness to serve and participate in Explorer activities.
  • Residency is not a requirement

Explorers meet every other Thursday.  Participants will discuss topics of modern day law enforcement, not limited to:

  • Criminal Investigation Process
  • Domestic Violence
  • DNA and Evidence Collection
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Firearms Safety
  • Traffic Control
  • Radio Procedures
  • Accident Investigation
  • First Aid
  • Traffic Laws
  • Criminal Laws
  • Crime Prevention
  • General Police Procedures
  • Other activities can include assisting on DUI Checklanes and ride alongs with patrol officers
Application Process:
  • Submit an application for the following membership year
  • Successfully complete the application process (application, interview, background investigation) 
  • Explorer staff and advisors make a determination on acceptance or nonacceptance

Upon acceptance into the Explorer program, new members are placed on probation for a period not to exceed six months. During this period the Explorer must actively participate in all Explorer meetings and activities. Failing to participate will result in their removal from the program. They must also maintain good grades in school, have no involvement in criminal activity, and maintain a good driving record to remain in the program.

The Police Explorers are representatives of the Police Department and must conduct their private and professional lives in such a manner as to avoid adverse reflection on the program and/or the Police Department.

For additional information about the Explorer program call 913-971-7500.