Explorers Program

The Gaston County Police Explorer Program is an educational and experience-based program designed to help young people develop into mature and responsible adults. Gaston County Police Department Explorers are given the opportunity to learn all facets of police work. The program meets twice a month, every other Monday, 6 to 8 pm. Explorers also participate in Department parades, crime prevention events, and assist with Gaston County Police functions. If you are interested in participating in the Gaston County Police Explorer Program, please contact Officer Jeff Thompson or your School Resource Officer.


  • Age: between 14 and 21
  • Education: Currently enrolled in school and maintain a C grade or higher
  • Criminal Convictions: must not have been convicted of any criminal offense, or be under criminal investigation, nor can an applicant be under probation
  • Pass a Background Investigation
  • Applicants under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate in the program