The Cedar Rapids Police Department has participated in the Explorer Program for over 50 years. It is one of the oldest posts in the United States. In 2023, the post switched to a different organization. The program is now chartered through Public Safety Cadets. The program is called Cedar Rapids Public Safety Cadets Unit #107.
Cedar Rapids Police Explorer Post #107 was organized in February 1966 and chartered as a “Law Enforcement Explorer Post” with the Boy Scouts of America. This is a diverse youth group interested in law enforcement. The Cadets provide services around the community. It is a great learning tool to see what police officers do on a day-to-day basis.
Today, there are many members within the post from various backgrounds throughout the Cedar Rapids area with a common interest in law enforcement. During meetings, Cadets cover topics including; arrest and search procedures, accident investigation, bomb threat response, burglary in progress protocols, crime scene search, hostage and crisis negotiation, domestic abuse investigation, shooting scenarios, first aid, traffic stop procedures, white collar crime investigation, firearms practice, and vehicle maneuvering procedures.
Officer Shawn Burke and Officer Dan Kent, current Cedar Rapids Police Department Officers, are the advisors. They receive assistance from many other police officers and community members.
The program is designed for young adults between 14-20 years of age. Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
The Cadets serve all over Linn County by helping with traffic patrol and fingerprinting. The Cadets have fingerprinted over 300 children this year.