Explorer Scouts

The Roanoke Police Department established Explorer Post 616 on March 12, 1992. The Explorer Scout Program enables youth to participate in many types of educational and recreational activities, allowing them to gain more perspective on the operations of the Police Department. Explorer Scouts do not need to have a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Group Topics
The group meets weekly, and guest speakers discuss topics including:
  • Basic Firearms Familiarization
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Radio Communications
  • Report Writing
  • Tactical Training
  • Traffic Direction and Investigation
Explorer Scouts also participate in community service projects.
Fallen Officer Memorial
On May 15, 2008 (National Peace Officers Memorial Day) the Explorer Post 616 held a memorial service in front of the Roanoke Police Building, at the Fallen Officer Memorial. A candle was lit in memory of each fallen officer from the Roanoke Police Department.
Police Explorers at Officer Memorial
The requirements to be an Explorer Scout include the following:
  • Must have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.
  • Each applicant must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The applicant must not have any arrest or conviction records for serious offenses.
  • The applicant must be of good moral character.
Once an application is received, a background investigation will be conducted with local law enforcement and the school the applicant is attending. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, parental/guardian approval is required. Anyone requesting more information or an application should contact Sergeant I. T. Anderson at 540-853-1079. You can also visit their website.