The law enforcement Explorers are an organization of young people ages 14-20 who are interested in exploring a career in law enforcement. They learn from law enforcement professionals the ins and outs of this exciting career and are given the opportunity to perform a variety of functions within the department.
The Fairview Heights Police Department Explorer Post 559 was formed in 1973 by Captain (Retired) Mike King. It provided young people an opportunity to learn about a career in law enforcement through training, activities, and ride along programs.
Our post currently has several active members who participate in a variety of public service activities in addition to their regular meetings and training curriculum. Their training is in a variety of areas including patrol operations, radio procedures, CPR/First Aid, firearms training simulation, traffic direction, and crime scene preservation. They also participate in a ride-along program after completing their basic training requirements. Explorer Scouts may ride with our Community Service Officers or sworn patrol and often work in the Communications Center assisting our telecommunicators.
Post members also perform public service tasks including traffic direction at public events, shopper escorts during our busy shopping season, and general security and visibility during large public gatherings such as our annual Fairview Heights Homecoming.
How do you join? Contact Detective Carleton Rivers at (618) 489-2100 and ask for an application. Come explore this rewarding career with us.