Police Explorers

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Police Explorers

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Police ExplorersThe Hoffman Estates Police Department is proud to participate in the Boy Scouts of America's "Law Enforcement Explorer Program." Since 1977, the Police Department has sponsored Explorer Post #806.

The members of the Explorer Post are young adults who aspire to careers in law enforcement. Police Officer Advisors train and give guidance to the Explorers in all nonhazardous functions of the Hoffman Estates Police Department. The Advisors generously donate their time, attending meetings at the Police Station every other Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Advisors also assist in the training and planning of future activities. Experienced Police Officers provide training in a variety of police-related skills, such as traffic accident investigations, handling domestic disputes, processing crime scenes, building searches, and arrest techniques.

In addition to their classroom training, the Explorers will ride in a squad car with a fulltime Police Officer to mentor them so they can learn various police functions and assist the Officer in nonhazardous situations. They also have the opportunity to perform the Power Test and Ability Test that will prepare them for the future testing to become a full time police officer.

Our goal as a Post is to send a team of explorers to attend a statewide or nationwide conference at which they participate in competitions, have the opportunity for developing new friendships, and learn valuable skills. Sworn Officers judge the member's knowledge of police procedures and their response to simulated police calls during the competitive phase.

The relationship between the Department and the Explorers directly benefits both the community and the individual Explorers. The community benefits through the hard work and volunteer activities of the Explorers, who provide a variety of public services to the community. For example, the Explorers assist sworn officers during the Village's annual Fourth of July Parade, Arts & Craft Fair, Northwest Fourth-Fest, and other community outreach events, like the Park District's Party in the Park.

The Explorer's participation and training benefits them by providing an excellent foundation for careers in law enforcement and by enabling them to become more responsible citizens. Several former members have gone on to become fulltime Police Officers with Police Departments in the area.

If you are a resident of Hoffman Estates or go to school at Conant High School or Hoffman Estates High School and would like to join the Hoffman Estates Police Explorer Post #806, contact Officer Lisa Notarnicola at 847-781-2873 or lisa.notarnicola@hoffmanestates.org to fill out an application to see if you qualify.

We hope to see you soon!


  • Be between the ages of 14 and 20 years old (14 years old is acceptable only if you have graduated from eighth grade)
  • Have good moral character
  • Remain in school while in the program or until graduation
  • Maintain a "C" average (70%) or higher
  • Not have any serious police records of excessive moving violations
  • Be able to attend bi-weekly Explorer meetings
  • Be willing to volunteer you time to attend Explorer functions
  • Be willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional image of the Hoffman Estates Police Department

Any male or female young adult who meets these requirements are able to apply.

Visit the Hoffman Estates Police Explorer Post 806 website