The Austin Police Explorer program is intended to show youth between the ages of 14 and 20 and at a 9th grade level or higher the many career opportunities available in law enforcement. All area youth interested in a law enforcement career may apply.

Program training areas include, but are not limited to, patrol tactics, forensics, communications and criminal investigations. Exploring provides experiences to aid young people in their development in becoming responsible and caring adults. The program teaches key skills such as leadership, ethical insight and decision-making.

Explorers can also become involved in special events, participate in a ride-along program, travel to different places around the state and nation to participate in competitions and receive scholarships.

The Explorer program allows participants to:

Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options
Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work
Develop physical and mental fitness
Experience positive social interaction
Encourage the skill and desire to help others
Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others
Help make ethical choices
Acquire leadership skills necessary to fulfill ones responsibilities in society

One of the most valuable things in the City of Austin’s future is our youth. Together we can make a difference that will continue to shape the landscape of our city for decades to come. The contact for the North Post is Officer Tom Castonguay (512) 974-4975. The contact for the South Post is Officer William Beck (512) 974-4431 or email APDexplorers@austintexas.gov