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 and Mark Mitzel
Contact Information: Officer Sofie Martinez at (254) 750-1760


On April 2nd, eight Waco Police Explorers were presented the President's Volunteer Award for their community service. Congratulations to the following Waco Police Explorer Post 415 members:

Captain Tanner Sheldon (not pictured)
Sabrina Gutierrez (not pictured)

Lieutenant Celeste Amaro Sergeant Diego Salazar
Sergeant Sarah Head Sergeant Travis Pilgrim
Angelisa Fajardo Karina Arroyo


Waco Police Explorer Post 415 attended the 2014 National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University from July 14-19.  The journey began on July 12th. Officers Sofie Martinez, Steve Dieterich and Explorers Tanner Sheldon, Diego Salazar, Celeste Amaro and Travis Pilgrim left in the early morning hours. After an overnight stay in Springfield, Missouri and eating at Lamberts (home of the throwed rolls) we arrived in Bloomington, Sunday evening.  The week began with opening ceremonies for 1,836 Explorers from all over the United States. Tuesday through Thursday was filled with seminars, scenarios and individual competitions. Our explorers competed in team scenarios: Crime Scene Investigation, Crash Scene and shoot don’t shoot. They also competed in individual competitions:  written police exam, PT test and Air Pistol Competition.  Travis Pilgrim placed 2nd in the Air Pistol competition missing first place by two shots.

The week ended with a demonstration rally and award/closing ceremonies.