High School Explorers

CMPD Explorers Program

CMPD High School Explorers Post
New Members Meeting: Thursday, September 7, 2023
Dates: Program meets on the first and third Thursday of each month
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: CMPD Police Activities League, 1330 Spring Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

CMPD Middle School Explorers Club
New Members Meeting: Thursday, September 7, 2023
Dates: Program meets on the first and third Thursday of the month
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: CMPD Police Activities League, 1330 Spring Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

Exploring is a worksite-based program in which young adults learn about particular careers in which they have an interest. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sponsors two Exploring Posts that provide teens with the opportunities to learn about the law enforcement profession, and make informed decisions about possible future careers.

The Police Exploring program introduces students to the world of law enforcement at the local, state, and national levels. Explorers are trained in several aspects of police work and have the opportunities to compete with other posts in state, region, and national conferences. We also offer students the opportunity to participate in the Ride-Along Program, which allows the Explorers to ride in the patrol car with an experienced officer on the job. Two academies are offered every year by our department, and by the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (NCALEEA) as opportunities for Explorers to experience abbreviated versions of an actual police academy.

The CMPD Explorer Post operates year round, beginning with the start of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System’s Calendar with a New Members meeting and open enrollment period. The CMPD Exploring Posts provide a comprehensive, law enforcement focused program consisting of training, competition, community service, and practical experience. If you attend a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School you are eligible to receive a half unit elective credit for participating in the Explorer Program.

The requirements for eligibility for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Explorers are as follows:
  • Must be 14-20 years of age (Must have completed 8th grade).
  • New Explorers entering the program for the first time cannot be no older than 18 years old at the time of their first meeting.
  • Must have no serious criminal history.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in school.
  • Obtain a recommendation from your School Resource Officer (Have a good school record with attendance and behavior).
  • Receive parental or legal guardian approval.
  • Complete a three-meeting probationary period before full membership is granted.
  • Complete and submit all of the application documents.


Events and Trips:
  • NCALEEA Academy for Law Enforcement Explorers (NC Justice Academy-Salemburg)
  • NCALEEA Survival Weekend (BSA-Camp Grimes)
  • Exploring Ski Trip
  • CMPD Explorers Christmas Project
  • Exploring After Dark

Additional information regarding Law Enforcement Explorer Programs.

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CMPD High School Drone Explorers Program

The CMPD Drone Explorers Program is a partnership with Drone Scape that will introduce students to the world of drones and aviation. Students will learn about several general topics related to careers, technology, history, aviation law and regulations, airspace, meteorology, pre- and post-flight operation, piloting skill and safety. Students will learn and practice their skills with programming and flying EDU Tello Drones in an indoor and outdoor space through different obstacle courses.

Drones are being utilized today in:
  • Delivery Services
  • Videography/Cinematography
  • Law Enforcement
  • Drone Racing
  • And more!

Meeting Topics will include:
  • Surveillance
  • Infrastructure
  • Inspection and Agriculture
  • drone laws
  • airspace
  • career paths
  • starting a drone company
  • Drone reconnaissance and law enforcement

CMPD High School Drone Explorer Post
New Members Meeting: Friday, September 14, 2023
Dates: Meets on the second Thursday of the month
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: First Baptist Church, 1801 Oaklawn Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28216

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CMPD Middle School Robotics Explorers Club
New Members Meeting: Monday, September 11, 2023
Dates: Meets Monday
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Location: CMPD Police Activities League, 1330 Spring Street, Charlotte, NC 28206

The CMPD Middle School Robotics Explorers Program has partner with Queen City Robotics Alliance and FIRST Tech Challenge to create a program that will foster a future pathway and direction for middle school students in different STEM careers.

The students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate a robot to compete in different competition at regional, state, and national levels. Students will develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and teamwork.

Queen City Robotics Alliance goal is to bring coaches and teams together to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. With the QCRA membership we will be able to hold our Robotic Explorers meeting at the CLT FIRST Zone, which is a 6,000 square foot that has all the equipment and technology for our Explorers to design and build their robot. QCRA also will provide tech coaches that will support our program.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams design and build a robot using a reusable kit of parts and compete within a common set of game rules to play an exciting field game and complete the specific season challenge. The robot game changes every season. FTC sponsors the competitions and events for the students and sales the components kits to build the robots.

For further information or questions please contact:
Officer Ryan Botzenmayer
Community Services and Youth Division
601 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202