Explorers receive training in many different aspects of law enforcement such as building searches, traffic stops, traffic accident investigation, domestic violence, crime scene investigations, firearms, and many others. They receive this training during monthly meetings. The training is provided by certified police officers and many times certified trainers in the respected field. Explorers have the opportunity to take part in a ride-along program where the explorer will ride along with an officer while on patrol.
Police Explorer Academy
The Explorers also get a chance to learn more at a week long Police Explorer academy held during the summer with many of the Explorer posts throughout the state of Michigan. The Academy is called the Michigan Law Enforcement Youth Training Academy put on by a state committee Michigan Law Enforcement Youth Advisory Committee (MLEYAC). The committee is made up of police officers through the state that volunteer their time to help the youth pursue a career in law enforcement. The academy is a military style boot camp with extensive training in many aspects of law enforcement.
The instructors are state certified instructors for their field.
Youth State Competition
The Bay City Department of Public Safety Explorers get a chance to use what they learned by competing against other Explorer posts in the state at the annual Michigan Law Enforcement Youth State Competition held by the MLEYAC. The posts compete in five areas of law enforcement for a Governor's Cup, which is awarded to the top post overall. The Bay City Department of Public Safety Explorers Post was awarded the Governor's Cup in 2001.