Hanford Police Department
Explorer Post #1014

The Hanford Police Department has established an explorer post.  The primary purpose of a law enforcement explorer post is to provide vocational education and training to young people, ages 15-20, who have an interest in law enforcement as a career.


Exploring is a program, run by the Police Department, chartered by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boys Scouts of America.  Exploring provides vocational training and experience to young people, ages 15-20 (14 years with completion of the Junior Police Academy).  You must have a desire to learn about law enforcement.  Exploring provides an opportunity for young people to be involved in something positive, to receive training and experience in law enforcement and to learn the value of service to their community.  It also allows those involved to get an inside look on how a police department functions. 


Police Explorers work hand in hand with sworn officers and non-sworn department personnel in a variety of ways.  Listed below are just a few;

  • Crowd control at parades and other community events,
  • Assist patrol officers during ride-alongs,
  • Participate in training exercises with police officers,
  • Support of special department projects, such as G.R.E.A.T. events and national night out,
  • Provide color guard services at community events, retirement ceremonies and parades,
  • Hanford mall holiday security detail,
  • Training, competitions and conferences with other agencies,
  • Assist School Resource Officers at School Sporting Events,
  • Assist California Law Enforcements Wish Upon a Star Organization,
  • and much, much more!

How To Utilize the Hanford Police Explorers for your Event:

We often receive requests for our Explorers to attend and/or assist at public events. Explorer Post 1014 stands ready to meet those requests as best we can! To streamline and track the request process we have now brought it online through the Police Explorer Request Form.  

Please complete and submit your request form through this link. Your application should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event so we can consider it and add it to our calendar. Once we receive your submission we will contact you within five business days. Although the department attempts to honor community requests, we cannot grant Explorers for all events.

Please note two important things:

1.  HPD Explorers are provided by the City free of charge; however, given that the HPD Explorer Post is a youth volunteer program, if the event is longer than four hours in duration the event host should provide the Explorers with a meal.

2.  HPD Explorer Post youth members cannot attend an event without the supervision of a Hanford Police Department Advisor. Depending upon the nature of the event and sponsorship, there may be a charge for the Advisor's time (Advisors are sworn HPD members).

We appreciate your support of the Hanford Police Explorer program. 


All young people, from age 15 to 20 (14 years with completion of the Junior Police Academy) are eligible to apply to the Post.  All applicants must pass a thorough background investigation and oral interview process.  These are the application requirements;

1.    Applicants must be free of any recent criminal history.  Applicants cannot be on formal or informal probation or parole.
Applicants cannot be part of or associated with any gang.

3.    Applicants must be attending school, if required by law to do so.  This would include home instruction, home study, independent study or other state approved educational program.  Applicants cannot have been expelled or be awaiting expulsion from their last school.

4.    Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.  Going below a 2.0 average will result in an academic suspension from all Explorer activities.

5.    Applicants must be free from violations of school rules or policies.  This would include truancy, defiance or disrespect to school officials, lying, cheating or any offense that could have or did result in a criminal investigation and or charges being filed.

6.    Applicants must be willing to provide at least 4 hours of volunteer service time each month. Applicants must attend at least one scheduled meetings and/or training session each month.

7.    Applicants must be willing to purchase, wear and maintain the prescribed uniform.  The approximate cost is $125.00.  The Post may be able to assist those applicants who need financial assistance with the cost of their uniforms if needed.

8.    Applicants must be willing to submit to a thorough background investigation.  This includes checking with the applicant’s teachers, school officials, neighbors, employers and references.  Applicants must provide the names, addresses and phone numbers of those people they list as references.

9.    Applicants must completely and correctly fill out the “Personal History Form” and any other needed questionnaires provided by the department.  Any willful attempt to conceal or misrepresent any information will be considered cause to terminate the application process.

10.    Those applicants who pass the background investigation must then undergo an oral interview.  The interview is designed to determine the qualities and characteristics of the applicant, to judge the applicants personal appearance, communications skills and critical thinking ability.  The oral interview is rated 100% pass/fail.  It should be understood that not all applicants who make it to the interview stage will be offered a position with the Post.

11.    Those applicants who successfully complete the interview may then be offered a position within the Post.

12.    The application process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks.

It should be understood that the Chief of Police reserves the right to admit or to deny any application to the Post based on facts learned during the background investigation and the oral interview process.  In short, not everyone who applies to the Post and passes the background investigation and the interview is accepted to the Post.

Contact the police department today if you are interested in learning more about law enforcement as a career or just want to be a part of law enforcement in your community.  You will learn a lot, have a great time and a fantastic experience that will follow you throughout your life.  Call today, 559-585-2535.

Explorer Competitions:

The Hanford Police Department Explorers attend the Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition and the Central Valley Law Enforcement Competition.

The Following are the results of those competitions for the past years:

Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition 2013:

1st place overall out of 47 teams!!!
1st Place – Explorer Ride-A-Long
1st Place – Crime Scene Investigation
1st Place – Felony Traffic Stop
1st Place – Explorer Obstacle Course
1st Place – Relay Team
2nd Place - Domestic Violence
2nd Place - Crisis Negotiations
2nd Place - Advisor Obstacle Course
3rd Place – Night Time Traffic Stop
3rd Place – Hazardous Response
3rd Place - Female explorer POST

 Place – Oral Interview

4th Place – Team Obstacle

3rd Place – Individual Male Explorer Obstacle Course

1st Place – Male Advisor Obstacle Course

Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition 2012:

1st place overall out of 47 teams!!!

1st Place – Building Search

4th Place – Medical

1st Place – CSI

1st Place – Night Time Traffic Stop

3rd Place – Night Time Suspicious Subject

3rd Place – Hazardous Response

1st Place – Oral Interview

4th Place – Team Obstacle

3rd Place – Individual Male Explorer Obstacle Course

1st Place – Male Advisor Obstacle Course

Explorer Elaine Tompkins Won a $1500 dollar Scholarship, along with  a Laptop.

Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition 2012: 
1st Place Overall 
4th Place -- Written Examination 
2nd Place -- Relay Race 
4th Place -- Male Explorer Obstacle Course 
2nd Place -- Night-Suspicious Subject 
3rd Place -- Night-Time Traffic Stop 
3rd Place -- Crime Scene Investigation 
2nd Place -- Vehicle Search 
2nd Place -- Medical Scenario 
2nd Place -- Domestic Violence Scenario 
5th Place -- Explorer Ride-along 
4th Place -- Shooting Skills 
4th Place -- Crisis Negotiations 
3rd Place -- Hazardous Response 
5th Place -- Tug-of-War 
Senior Explorer Monty Vito won a $500 dollar scholarship. 

Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition 2011: 
1st Place Overall 
2nd Place -- Felony Stop 
1st Place -- Building Search 
3rd Place -- Domestic Violence 
4th Place -- Dui Stop 
3rd Place -- Crime Scene Investigation 
4th Place -- Night suspicious Suspect Scenario 
3rd Place -- Explorer Ride-A-Long 
5th Place -- Hazardous Response 
4th Place -- Tug Of war 
1st Place -- Relay Race 
2nd Place -- Team Obstacle Course 
2nd Place -- Individual Obstacle Course (Advisor) 
3rd Place -- Individual Obstacle Course (Explorer) 
5th Place -- Oral Panel 

Contact Information

Corporal Chad Medeiros
Senior Post Advisor 
Phone: (559) 585-2540 

Officer Victor Medina
Post Advisor 
Phone: (559) 585-2540 

Officer Idalis Chandler
Post Advisor 
Phone: (559) 585-2540