Westshore Explorers Post #18

Law Enforcement Exploring, also known as Police Explorers, is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies.


This organization was founded in 1963, it is one of the Exploring programs from the Learning for Life, a NON-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. This program is generally available to qualified young adults who are ages 14-21.

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Serving Westlake and Bay Village Youth

The City of Westlake and Bay Village have joined efforts to provide this program for the young adults in our community and the surrounding communities. Westshore Explorers Post #18 was established in 2015. Westshore Explorers have gone on several tours including the FBI, Cuyahoga County jail, Medical Examiner’s Office and Westshore Bomb Squad. Westshore Explorers have bi-monthly meetings where they train and learn the policies of Westlake and Bay Village Police Departments. Explorers train in activities such as, radio procedures, domestic crises, first aid, building searches, traffic stops, proper handling of a firearms, arrest and use of force, crime scene investigations and tactical training. Every year in April our Explorers compete in a competition utilizing all of the training they have received.

Westshore Explorers also do public events as an opportunity to go out in public and interact with the community. Events range from crowd control at parades to providing security and uniformed presence at events like the 4th of July festivities, "Shop with a Cop," "Touch-a-Truck events for kids, and 5K races.

How to Get Involved

Westshore Explorers recruit new members every year through the High Schools. Anyone interested in joining the Westshore Explorers or have questions about the Explorers can speak to their school counselor or contact Advisor Sheldon at tsheldon@westlakepolice.us. We will also be coming to the schools during lunch to recruit and sign interested students up.