Law Enforcement Exploring is the preeminent career orientation and experience program for young people contemplating a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. Its mission is to offer young adults, 14 and have completed the eighth grade and not yet 21 years old, a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. Law Enforcement Explorer Posts are sponsored by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Law Enforcement Exploring is endorsed by numerous professional organizations, to include the International Chiefs of Police Association (IACP) and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA). Law Enforcement Exploring has been in existence since 1959 and is a well-established and highly respected program that has served as a platform from which countless young adults have launched a successful career with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Many Chiefs of Police, Sheriffs, and heads of other types of law enforcement agencies credit Law Enforcement Exploring for providing them the foundation for a successful career.
The Nashua Police Explorers meet bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the Nashua Police Department. The program is para-military in nature and provides hands on learning opportunities for youth who wish to learn more about law enforcement. The main goal of the post is to help youth determine if the law enforcement profession is for them or not. The Nashua Police Explorer Post has a required minimum of thirty (30) hours of community service per year to stress the importance of giving back to the community we serve. The post also has physical fitness evaluations on a quarterly basis to encourage physical fitness and to emphasis its importance in the law enforcement profession.