Explorer Unit

Make Your Community Better

Formed in 2007 the Woodstock Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post has been a program for young men and women interested in learning about careers in law enforcement. Explorers are provided with educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities. 

Volunteer Unit

The Woodstock Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a volunteer unit of the Woodstock Police Department assigned to the Neighborhood Services Unit. By being part of Neighborhood Services the unit strives to help the Woodstock communities in safety related issues such as assisting in COPS areas, assisting the Woodstock school system with security issues at special events, assisting with community improvement efforts, directing traffic at parades and other special events, helping search for missing children, assisting on routine patrol, helping with duties in the police department, and most importantly assist with community outreach efforts in Woodstock's communities. 

Develop Lifelong Professional Skills

  • Leadership Skills
  • Respect for Police Officers
  • New Personal Skills
  • New Communication Skills
  • Marksmanship
  • Law Enforcement Knowledge
  • Knowledge of Georgia Law
  • Physical Fitness
  • Improved Self-Confidence
  • Team Building Skills
  • Strong Educational Outlook
  • Career Readiness

Receive Lasting Insight and Training

Our Explorers receive ongoing training to prepare them for their duties through the police department and to advance their knowledge of the law enforcement career. This tools can become an invaluable building block for Explorers who choose to become police officers.
  • Accident Investigation
  • Building Search Procedures
  • Communication Procedures
  • Communication Techniques
  • Community Policing
  • Court System
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Domestic Violence Intervention
  • Firearms Safety & Marksmanship
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Georgia Criminal Law
  • Handcuffing & Arrest Procedures
  • Investigative Tactics
  • Leadership Training
  • Narcotics Identification & Awareness
  • Officer Safety Tactics
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Physical Fitness Training
  • Self-Defense Tactics
  • Traffic & Crowd Control
  • Traffic Stop Procedures
Participate in Local, Regional and National Events
Throughout the year our Explorers have numerous opportunities to participate in various activities through the city and police department. Locally our Explorers assist with all city events alongside our officers to make each and every event run smoothly. In addition to their local duties, our Explorers also have opportunities to showcase their progression at local, regional and national level competitions.
- Community Service Opportunities
- Compete Against Other Explorer Units
- Local Competitions
- National Competitions
- Souteast Regional Competitions
- Local City of Woodstock Events Working Alongside Police Officers
- Ride-Alongs with Police Officers on Patrol

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Interested teenagers can join the Woodstock Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Unit by being between the ages of 14 and 21, being in high school or college with at least a C / 2.0 average, being in good standing with all Woodstock police officers and civilian employees, being in good standing with the Boy Scouts of America and must be free of any criminal record.

The Woodstock Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post meets every Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm for uniform inspection, training, discussions, and planning of many different projects and events Explorers participate in all year long.

Associated Costs

The City of Woodstock Police Explorer Post is a free program offered through the police department via budgeting and through the gernerous donations from the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. The overall cost to Explorers is limited costs associated with travel to various competitions and minor Explorer specific uniform items.

More Information on Exploring

For more information we encourage all to visit Learning for Life's Law Enforcement Exploring website.

For More Information
Ofc. K. McGaw
Neighborhood Services
P) 770-592-6000 ext. 1172
E) kmcgaw@woodstockga.gov