Explorer's Police Academy

Members of the Gwinnett County Police Explorer Program go through an intensive academy similar to that given to the recruits of the Gwinnett County Police Department. Classes include accident investigation, traffic stops, criminal law, and forensic investigations. All classes are taught by qualified instructors, many of whom are employed within these special divisions. Classes consist of both classroom learning and practical exercises that allow Explorers to work hand in hand with the Gwinnett County Police Department.


The Explorer program provides a community service organization for anyone interested in a law enforcement career and to allow young men and women to better understand the role of law enforcement in today's society. The Explorer Post also provides members with training and experience in leadership, teamwork, and positive self-confidence. By identifying interested youth and exposing them to police work, the Explorer Post is used to attract possible officers of tomorrow.

Law Enforcement Explorer Competition & Field Trips

Explorer Competition

Explorers will compete in numerous law enforcement events throughout Georgia and a National competition in Gatlinburg Tennessee. These competitions consist of building searches, firearms, felony traffic stops, and crime scene processing.

Field Trips

Explorers tour the facilities of the Gwinnett Police Department (Accident Investigations, Criminal Investigations, ID, Records, Gwinnett County Jail, Aviation, K-9, and more), as well as learn the importance of each unit.E

Explorer Post 552

The Gwinnett County Police Crime Prevention Unit hosts and supports Explorer Post 552 which is sponsored by Learning For Life of the Boy Scouts of America. The Gwinnett County Police Dept. provides the training and equipment used by the Explorer Post. The Post is run and organized by Post members and advised by members of the Gwinnett County Police Dept. A one time fee of only $60 per member is for equipment and training.

Weekly Meetings

Explorer meetings are held every Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Gwinnett County East Precinct and Crime Prevention Unit at 2273 Alcovy Road, just off of Highway 316 (University Parkway) and Harbins Road.  Classes and practical exercises included:

  • Criminal and Traffic Law
  • Traffic Stops -Domestic Violence
  • Investigations
  • Officer Survival
  • Crime Scene-Mobile Field Force
  • Arrests-Defensive Tactics
  • Searches
  • Personal Communication

Public Service

In addition to classes, scenarios and training, Explorers have the opportunity to work with various community programs and organizations. Because helping the community is a vital role of a police officer, Explorers will be given many opportunities to serve and help the public.

Membership Requirements*

Anyone between the ages of 14 to 21* No criminal record* Advisor interview* One time only $60 enrollment and equipment fee

Apply today for this award winning program

Call Cpl. Richard Acevedo at 678.226.7759 or email your name, address, and phone number to richard.acevedo@gwinnettcounty.com

Gwinnett County Police
Training Academy
854 Winder Highway
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

We require an application be completed prior to admittance. We also perform a background check on all applicants.