The Paducah Police Department's Law Enforcement Exploring Program, known as Explorer Post 111, is designed for young people, ages 14-20, who are interested in a policing career. Participants should have a strong desire to learn more about policing and be willing to make a serious commitment since the program meets regularly throughout the year.
Explorer Post 111 meets every Monday 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Police Department. Each week the Explorers get to learn the basics of police work from patrol tactics to radio procedures and report writing. They work through classroom and practical exercises. The group tests their skills each year at a regional Law Enforcement Explorer Competition, Winterfest, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In addition to learning more about law enforcement tactics and competing, the Explorers regularly help with local events. They have helped block intersections for the Lourdes Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon, parked cars at the River Discovery Center Dragon Boat Races, helped with the Halloween on Jefferson event, assisted with National Night Out, and other events. In 2013, the Explorers also helped put together a community service project involving bike registrations where they helped document bicycle serial numbers in case of theft.