The Paducah Police Department's Law Enforcement Exploring Program, known as Explorer Post 111, is designed for young people, ages 14-20, who are interested in a policing career. Participants should have a strong desire to learn more about policing and be willing to make a serious commitment since the program meets regularly throughout the year.
Explorer Post 111 meets every Monday 6:30 - 9 p.m. at the Police Department. Each week the Explorers learn the basics of police work from patrol tactics to radio procedures and report writing. They work through classroom and practical exercises. The group participates in competitions in Lawrenceville, Georgia and in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In 2020, Explorer Post 111 placed first in Fox Hunt (a land navigation competition) and second place in felony traffic stop competitions.
In addition to learning more about law enforcement tactics and competing, the Explorers regularly help with local events. They have helped block intersections for the Mercy Health Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon, helped with the Halloween on Jefferson event, Christmas Cops, and other events.