The Oakdale Police Department is currently authorized for fifteen Police Explorers. The Explorer Program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America Program and it operates with the support of the Oakdale Police Department and Acting Chief of Police, Larry Parshall. The Explorer Program is an excellent opportunity for young people between the ages of fourteen and one half and twenty years to gain experience in Law Enforcement.
The Oakdale Police Department’s Explorers assist with basic police department activities such as clerical work, dispatching, fingerprinting, traffic and parking control, as well as special events such as the Oakdale Rodeo Parade and Oakdale Chocolate Festival. They are also able to ride along with officers on patrol and assist them with some of their duties. The focus of the Explorer Program is to allow young people to interact with members of the Police Department as well as the community as they consider a possible career in Law Enforcement.
- At least fourteen and a half years of age and completed the 8th grade
- Free of any felony convictions
- Maintain a “C” grade in every class at school
- Able to volunteer 16 hours each month
- Able to attend two meetings each month (first and third Thursday evenings)
- Pass a background check
The Oakdale Explorers recently competed in the Western Region Law Enforcement Exploring Conference held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. There were 76 departments represented and 630 Explorers competing from five different states. The Explorers had to prepare for nine different fields consisting of : Domestic Crisis Interventions; Shoot/Don’t Shoot; Neighborhood Watch presentation; Traffic Accident Investigation; Vehicle Search; Subject Search; and Boat and Water Rescue/Emergency First Aid.
Oakdale’s Explorers won second place in Subject Search. Congratulations Guys and Girls!!! Our next major event will be announced on the web site in the very near future.