The Grand Rapids Police Department is invested in the youth of Grand Rapids, and we offer several free programs for those who are interested in policing. These programs create opportunities for mentorship, while gaining law enforcement experience and knowledge about the career, prior to entering the workforce.
Explorers are a committed small group of young adults who train at the police department every other week. This interactive, career education program includes the areas of discipline, leadership, maturity, teamwork, physical fitness, and skills related to criminal justice focused on law enforcement. This program is year round.
YOUTH POLICE ACADEMY
This is a free and fun opportunity, for high school sophomores through seniors, for an inside experience at what it's like to be a law enforcement officer. Participants have a hands-on approach to basic police training that includes several areas and units from the department. This program is one week in July of each year.
PATHWAYS TO POLICING
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and the GRPD have partnered to offer this program, composed of two, six-week cycles that are led by officers assigned to the Clubs. The program includes mentoring, hands-on training, test preparation, mock interviews, and life skill development.