Police Explorers

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Want to learn more about Exploring?
Visit the Learning for Life website.

Advisors: Officers Sofie Martinez, Steve Dieterich, Mark Mitzel and Detective Melissa Thompson
Contact Information: Officer Sofie Martinez at (254) 750-1760

2017 Texas Law Enforcement Explorers Advisors Association State Competition

On July 27th, 2017, two teams from Waco Police Explorer Post 415 traveled to Arlington, Texas to participate in the 2017 Texas Law Enforcement Explorers Advisors Association (TLEEAA) State Competition at the University of Texas at Arlington from July 27th to July 30th. Explorers Sarah Head, Christian Hoffman, Celeste Amaro, Travis Pilgrim, Zachary Pilgrim, Karina Arroyo, Natalie Jensen and Gabriel Gongora attended. After 2 solid days of competing in a variety of police scenarios, both teams placed in Felony Traffic Stops and Unknown Call for Police. Post 415 was also selected as TLEEAA Post Explorer of the Year. Captain Sarah Head was selected as TLEEAA Explorer of the Year.

Explorer of the Year
Captain Sarah Head
Explorer Post of the Year: Zachary Pilgrim, Gabe Gongora, Captain Sarah Head, Celeste Amaro, Officer Sofie Martinez, Sergeant Karina Arroyo, Natalie Jensen, Travis Pilgrim, Lieutenant Christian Hoffman

2017 President’s Volunteer Award Program

On   April 6th, 2017 at the annual Waco Police Department Awards banquet, several Waco Police Explorers were recognized for their volunteer work.  Through the President’s Volunteer Award Program, Christian Hoffman, Celeste Amaro, Jace Burns, Sarah Head, Karina Arroyo and Zachary Pilgrim were recognized.

President’s Volunteer Award
Captain Sarah Head
President’s Volunteer Award
Sergeant Jace Burns
President’s Volunteer Award
Celeste Amaro
President’s Volunteer Award
Lieutenant Christian Hoffman
President’s Volunteer Award
Sergeant Karina Arroyo
President’s Volunteer Award
Zachary Pilgrim

Explorer Attends Leadership Academy

Explorer Sergeant Jace Burns attended the 2017 National Law Enforcement Explorer Leadership Academy.  Jace was one of 30 Explorers nationwide selected to attend the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. The academy was from July 23 thru July 30th.  Explorers were introduced to training such as traffic stops, active shooter response, night operations, performing pit maneuvers, and tracking.