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CMPD Explorers Program

CMPD High School Explorers Post
Dates: Program meets on the first and third Monday of each month
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Police Activities League of Charlotte 1330 Spring Street Charlotte, NC 28206

CMPD Middle School Explorers Post
Dates: Program meets on the fourth Monday of the month
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Police Activities League of Charlotte 1330 Spring Street Charlotte, NC 28206 ​​

Exploring is a worksite-based program in which young adults learn about particular careers in which they have an interest. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sponsors two Exploring Posts that provide teens with the opportunities to learn about the law enforcement profession, and make informed decisions about possible future careers.

The Police Exploring program introduces students to the world of law enforcement at the local, state, and national levels. Explorers are trained in several aspects of police work and have the opportunities to compete with other posts in state, region, and national conferences. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in the Ride-Along Program, which allows the Explorers to ride in the patrol car with an experienced officer on the job. Two academies are offered every year by our department, and by the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (NCALEEA) as opportunities for Explorers to experience abbreviated versions of an actual police academy.

The CMPD Explorer Post operates year round, beginning with the start of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s Calendar with a New Members meeting and open enrollment period. The CMPD Exploring Posts provide a comprehensive, law enforcement focused program consisting of training, competition, community service, and practical experience. If you attend a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School you are eligible to receive a half unit elective credit for participating in the Explorer Program.

​ The requirements for eligibility for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorers are as follows:
  • Must be 14-20 years of age (Must have completed 8th grade).
  • New Explorers entering the program for the first time cannot be no older than 18 years old at the time of their first meeting.
  • Must have no serious criminal history.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in school.
  • Obtain a recommendation from your School Resource Officer (Have a good school record with attendance and behavior).
  • Receive parental or legal guardian approval.
  • Complete a three-meeting probationary period before full membership is granted.
  • Complete and submit all of the application documents.


The CMPD Police Explorers meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at the Police Activities League located at 1330 Spring St. Charlotte, NC 28206.​ The meetings last from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Events and Trips:
  • NCALEEA Academy for Law Enforcement Explorers (NC Justice Academy-Salemburg)
  • NCALEEA Survival Weekend (BSA-Camp Grimes)
  • Exploring Ski Trip
  • CMPD Explorers Christmas Project
  • Exploring After Dark

Additional information regarding Law Enforcement Explorer Programs.

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CMPD High School Drone Explorers Programs

The Drone Exploring Program, conducted in conjunction with CMPD, introduces students to the world of drones and aviation.

Drones are being utilized today in:
  • Delivery Services
  • Videography/Cinematography
  • Law Enforcement
  • Drone Racing
  • And more!

Meeting Topics will include:
  • Surveillance
  • Infrastructure
  • Inspection and Agriculture
  • drone laws
  • airspace
  • career paths
  • starting a drone company
  • Drone reconnaissance and law enforcement

CMPD High School Drone Explorer Post
Dates: Meets on the second Monday of the month
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Police Activities League of Charlotte 1330 Spring Street Charlotte, NC 28206

For further information or questions please contact:
Officer Ryan Botzenmayer
Community Services and Youth Division
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202