The Tigard Police Department is currently recruiting young adults who are interested in both law enforcement and volunteering in their community.
The Explorer Post is a program for young men and women ages 16 – 20 interested in learning about future careers in the field of law enforcement. The program provides an opportunity to experience first-hand the functions of a police department. Tigard Explorers assist with various community functions such as the annual Festival of Balloons, Tigard Tree Lighting event, Main Street Halloween, teen movie nights at the Tigard Library, as well the annual Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration. The events provide Explorers with invaluable experience and involvement within their community while creating opportunities to meet new friends and gain useful knowledge.
Once accepted into the program, Explorers are required to attend an 80 hour Explorer Academy. The training provided at the academy includes report writing, traffic stops, crime scene investigations, defensive tactics, firearm safety, arrest procedures, criminal law and a host of law enforcement related aspects.
Once graduated from the Explorer Academy, Tigard candidates are required to volunteer 16 hours a month while maintaining a 2.0 GPA in school.
To apply, obtain an application at Tigard City Hall or download one from the City of Tigard website: www.tigard-or.gov More information about the program can be obtained by calling 503-718-2578.