Police Explorer Program

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The Watertown Police Department Explorer Program offers an opportunity for young adults to see what a career in law enforcement entails before the investment in the necessary education and training is made.

This program can be a great resume builder for Explorers when he or she begins the application process for a career in law enforcement.  Explorers receive training and education in a number of aspects of law enforcement and may even receive certification in certain activities. Overall the Explorer Program is a positive outreach which allows the Watertown Police Department and the young adults in the surrounding area to connect and work together constructively.


Explorer meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Watertown Police Department.  The dates, times, and location may be changed by the post advisors. Each meeting is run by the explorers with guidance from the advisors.  All advisors are employed by the Watertown Police Department and are directly related to the duties of law enforcement.

The Explorer Program is not a sworn or paid position and Explorers may be asked to assist with certain City of Watertown sponsored events on a voluntary basis.


Applicants are Required to:

  • Be between the ages of 14-20 years;
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Have a genuine interest in law enforcement as a potential career;
  • Have a clear criminal record;
  • Properly complete and submit the Explorer Program application.


The Youth Explorer Application is a PDF document. You may complete it on your computer and then bring or mail it to the police department at:

Watertown Police Department
106 Jones Street
Watertown, WI 53094