Police Explorers

HPD Patrol Car

The Helena Police Department Explorers Academy is a program for high school aged students who are interested in being a Law Enforcement Officer. Explorers will learn some of the operations, procedures, and duties involved with being a Law Enforcement Officer.


  • 14 - 19 years old and currently enrolled in school or home schooled
  • The Explorers Academy expects commitment from each student, so attendance is strongly encouraged.
  • Have means of transportation to and from each training
  • Pass a criminal background check


Applications are available at your school counselors' office and can be turned into your school resource officer or school counselor. Applications can also be found here: HPD Explorers Academy Application(PDF, 96KB).


Explorers will meet each Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:00PM for 8 weeks and have a graduation ceremony on week 8. Most classes will be held at the Law and Justice Center (406 Fuller Ave). Some classes will have off-site training locations. Students are required to have a mode of transportation, including car-pooling from the airport to off-site training locations.