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The Corpus Christi Police Explorer Program offers training to young adults ages 14 – 20 who have an interest in the law enforcement profession. For more application information, contact Senior Officer Lillian Penick at



The purpose of this organization is to afford an opportunity for young adults in this community to observe, participate, and learn about law enforcement.  The Explorer program enhances self-confidence, motivation, civic-mindedness, and cultivates strong leadership traits.  These characteristics help Explorers prepare for a career in law enforcement and to become future leaders.


Mission Statement

The Corpus Christi Police Explorer Program is part of Learning for Life. The mission of Learning for Life is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.


"Our best today for a better tomorrow..."


How to Apply

Applicants must be of good moral character, be of good health, be in good physical condition, be in good mental condition and have a legitimate desire to enter law enforcement or some type of leadership career. If you are interested, then contact any explorer, visit us on Facebook or Instagram, or call Explorer Advisor, Senior Officer Lillian Penick, at (361) 826-4075 or

Explorer Applicants must fill out an application, must pass a thorough background check, must pass a basic Physical Fitness Test, have a minimum 70 average if enrolled in school (or must have graduated or completed GED at time of application), and have no disciplinary issues at school.  Once all entrance tasks have been passed/completed, all applicants will have an oral interview. Then, in order to continue to wear the Explorer uniform, all Explorers are expected to be role models and examples for the community, maintaining grades and demonstrating behavior that protects the honor and integrity of the post.



  • The Corpus Christi Police Explorer Program Provides the Explorer Cadets with training and knowledge required for various law enforcement procedures and the laws.

  • The Explorer program will provide excellent references when applying for employment opportunities with law enforcement agencies and Criminal Justice programs.

  • The ride along program allows the Explorers to ride along and observe officers as they work in the field during a tour of duty. Explorers learn firsthand what it is like to be a law enforcement officer.

  • Explorers compete at various Police Explorer competitions statewide and nationwide.

  • Our reputation of pride and excellence in representing our fair city and CCPD at many state and national competitions is well known. Over the years, we have won many National Police Explorer Competition Awards.


A Wide Variety of Training

Some of the training covers:

  • Rules and Regulations
  • Police History
  • Ethics & Moral Issues
  • TX Criminal Justice System
  • TX Crime Code
  • TX Motor Vehicle Code
  • Search & Seizure
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms Safety
  • Report Writing & Note taking
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Handcuffing & Arrest Procedures
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Crowd & Traffic Control
  • Crime Scene Search
  • Field Searches
  • Control Substances Awareness
  • Building Searches
  • Accident Investigations
  • Crimes in Progress
  • Radio Procedures
  • Vehicle Searches
  • Domestic Disturbances

Additional opportunities include:

  • Promotions
  • Honor Guard
  • Running Team
  • Shooting Team
  • Competition Team
  • And so much more!

Contact Info: Senior Officer Lillian Penick Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (361) 826-4075 or