The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

University Police Division of Campus Safety & Security

Police Explorers

Law Enforcement Explorers is a coed program for students interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement. This program offers the student an opportunity to gain invaluable experiences, training, and preparation for a law enforcement career.   

For students interested in a career as:
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Investigators
  • Police Officers
  • Corrections Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Evidence Technicians
  • Crime Prevention Specialists
  • Victim Services
  • Emergency Management  
Membership Prerequisites:
  • Sincere interest in learning about law enforcement careers
  • Submit a completed application
  • Have no serious or recent criminal record
  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • University student in good academic standing 
  • Pass a background investigation      
Projects and Activities:
Students participate in many projects and activities.
  • Scenario Training
  • Firearms Training Regional, State & National Competitions
  • Federal Agency Guest Speakers
  • Leadership Development
  • Crime Prevention and Awareness Programs
  • Community Service
  • Ride-Along Program
Training Scenarios for Explorers Include:
  • Burglary in Progress
  • Robbery in Progress
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Crime Prevention
  • Unknown Risk Traffic Stops High Risk Traffic Stops
  • Drug Arrest, Search & Seizure
  • Domestic Disturbance
  • Bomb Threat Response
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Accident Investigation
  • Active Shooter Response

For more information download the student employment application or contact the UTRGV Police Department, Professional Standards Unit at (956) 665-2285 or email Sergeant Delma Lopez,

Law Enforcement Exploring