Chief of Police. Jason A. Simmons

Explorer Post

The Explorer Program is for career-oriented young adults aged 14 through 21. Members are referred to as Explorers. While the program is part of the Boy Scouts of America, the Explorer program is distinctively different from scouting. Exploring is a co-educational, young-adult program developed and supervised by local community organizations, businesses and individuals. The puspose is to provide an opportunity for young adults to explore particular career fields.Chaplain Ministry

Explorer Post 17 is sponsored by the Alton Police Department as a community-based policing program. This successful program is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions whether they enter the law enforcement field or not. Many former Alton Explorers are currently employed in the field of Law Enforcement, including several Alton Police Officers.

As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Alton Police Department. Explorers can broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and job skills that make up their community's police service. In addition to gaining a knowledge of police work, the participants have the opportunity to give of themselves to their community. Although Post 17 is law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian.

For more information on the Explorers program, contact:
Alton Police Department
Det. Dustin Christner the Alton School Resource Officer
1700 E Broadway
Alton, IL 62002

  • Be between the ages of 14 and 21
  • Pass a Background Evaluation
  • Maintain a "C" average or better in school

Meetings are held on Saturday each month at 10 am in the Squad Room of the Alton Law Enforcement Center, 1700 East Broadway, Alton, IL. For further information, contact Det. Dustin Christner at the Police Department, 618-463-3505.

Explorer Ride Alongs:
When an Explorer passes the probation period, he or she can ride with Alton Police Officers in the Patrol and Traffic divisions. Explorers must be at least 16 years of age to ride with Officers.

Other Explorer Functions:
Explorers are asked to assist with many of Alton's events including Parades, and other events.

All Explorers are required to wear the Explorer uniform to all events except for meetings. The uniform consists of:
  • Black Pants
  • White Shirt with Collar
  • Explorer Patch on Right Arm (Provided)
  • Explorer Patch Badge on Left Breast (Provided)
  • Black Belt
  • Black Shoes
  • Flashlight (During Night Events)

Explorers are not allowed to carry weapons, mace, or ammunition.

Download Exploring Youth Application Here.