The Police Department participates in the Boy Scouts of America program called "Learning for Life Police Exploring". Since our program emphasizes municipal law enforcement, we call our scouts "Police
Explorers". In order to join the program in Union City, the applicant must be at least 14 years old; have an interest in law enforcement; have no criminal history and maintain a 2.5 grade point average in school. The Explorer Post fluctuates between 35 and 40 Police Explorers. Many have gone on to careers in law enforcement. Currently, fifteen former Explorers hold positions with the Union City Police Department.
Explorers assist police officers with controlling traffic at parades and other special events, perform various administrative duties for the Traffic Section, Patrol Section, Investigations Sections, Personnel and Training Section, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Records and Communications.
The Explorers attend weekly meetings and receive training in various law enforcement subjects. The Explorers also have the opportunity to do a “Ride Along” with a Union City Police Officer. In addition, some Explorers are provided the opportunity to attend a one-week Explorer Academy and Explorer Competitions.
The Explorers gain valuable experience by running their own post. The post is administered by an Explorer staff consisting of two Explorer lieutenants, and four sergeants. The Explorer staff is responsible for organizing the Explorer events, assigning Explorers to assist in different projects, and the day-to-day operations of the Post. Explorers advisors are Sergeant Steve Mendez, Officer Heather Lockett and Officer Mike Yaeger.
Anyone interested in joining the post can obtain an application in the lobby of the Union City Police Department, or contact one of the advisors at (510) 471-1365.