Explorers

Since 1988, the Marietta Police Department Explorer Post 2 has been a program for young men and women interested in learning about careers in law enforcement. Explorers learn about career opportunities and duties in a classroom environment and through hands-on field experiences. Meeting presentations include training on police duties, forensic sciences, self-defense, investigations and firearms.

The Marietta Police Explorer Unit is an auxiliary unit of the Marietta Police Department assigned to the Community Response Unit. By being part of the Community Response Unit, the unit strives to help the Marietta communities in safety-related issues such as assisting in community outreach police service (COPS) areas, helping the Marietta school system with security issues at special events, fingerprinting Marietta's children and helping improve the community.

Basic Requirements for Entry


  • Be between the ages of 14 and 21
  • Have graduated from the eighth grade
  • Have at least a 2.0 GPA or "C" average in school
  • Live in or around Marietta, Georgia
  • Have no criminal record or background
  • Be in good standing at school
  • Be interested in law enforcement as a career option or personal interest
  • Be in good standing with the Marietta Police Department and all of its officers and staff
  • Not be affiliated with any cults, gangs or organized crime
  • Not be affiliated with any other police Explorer posts or units
  • Not using illegal narcotics of any type

Marietta Police Explorer Training


  • Traffic and crowd control
  • Patrol procedures
  • Domestic intervention
  • Accident investigation
  • First aid / CPR
  • Criminal investigation
  • Traffic stop procedures
  • Building search procedures
  • Investigative tactics
  • Officer safety
  • Narcotics identification
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Community policing
  • Court system
  • Handcuffing procedures
  • Communications
  • Firearms safety / shooting
  • Self-defense tactics
  • Leadership training
  • Physical fitness training
  • Georgia criminal law
  • Narcotics prevention efforts
The Marietta Police Explorers meet every Thursday from 6 - 8:30 p.m. for uniform inspection, training, discussions and to plan different projects and events they participate in all year long

The Marietta Police Explorers are active in training to maintain and improve their capabilities and level of knowledge. We train in all aspects of law enforcement.