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Duluth Police Explorer Post# 244

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Duluth Police Department, 2030 N. Arlington Ave, Duluth MN 55811

Investigator Robert LeClaire's
ph# 218-730-5676

Officer Taylor Stutsman
ph# 218-730-5497

If you wish to become a member please contact Officer Taylor Stutsman or Officer Robert LeClaire. Contact listed above. Download Explorer application.  


Jill Kettleson, Nick Lepak, Joel Hopps, Taylor Stutsman, Meghann Jones, Nick Stauber, Aaron Haller, Todd Simmons Ben Nordskog, Jeremy O'Connor and Robert LeClaire.

Duluth Police Explorer Post #244 was given the number 244 to honor fallen officer Gary Wilson who paid the ultimate sacrifice on April 10, 1990. Gary Wilson proudly held badge #244 when he was killed in the line of duty.

Law Enforcement Exploring also known as Police Explorers is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local law enforcement agencies. a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is available to qualified young adults who graduated 8th grade and are ages 14 through 21. Our Police Explorer post is in memory of Police Officer Gary Wilson who was the last Duluth Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Our post meets most Sunday’s at 1800 hours at Duluth Police headquarters with some exceptions. Each week we work on specific law enforcement skills including traffic stops, burglary response, bomb threats, interview and interrogation, employee interviews, community service and a whole lot more. The youth also are eligible to go on ride-alongs and are expected to show up in uniform and prepared to learn. We compete twice a year in statewide competitions where the youth put these skills to the test in scenarios. Our post does several fundraisers throughout the year to help defer the costs of the competitions. Our Explorer post has several leadership positions including 2 sergeants and 1 captain available for qualified youth to fill these positions. We generally recruit new explorers in the fall.  

Goals of the Duluth Explorer program are to:

  1. Help young adults gain practical knowledge and experience in the career of Law Enforcement.
  2. Engage in program activities to encourage personal development.
  3. Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
  4. Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive and caring environment.

    Interested individuals must go through a written application, followed by an interview with an interviewing committee, which is made up of the officers of the post and two or three of the advisors. A background investigation is also done to help with the selection of new explorers.

    Explorer meetings are held Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Duluth Police Department training room at 2030 N. Arlington Avenue.

Explorers will have opportunities to volunteer at various community events, fundraise with different law enforcement and non-law enforcement organizations, and have fun with fellow explorers at various off-duty gatherings. 

Ride Along: 
Duluth Police Explorers have the opportunity to ride along with Police Officers. Some of the criteria to ride along are that the explorer be in attendance at the meeting the week of the ride along request, and have completed our minimum requirements. Some of the requirements are to be first aid and CPR certified and experienced radio communications training. An explorer must also be 16 years of age.

Duluth Police Explorers Compete in two competitions yearly to provide an opportunity to exercise their knowledge and training attained throughout the year and to experience teamwork and leadership first hand.

Duluth Police Department
2030 North Arlington Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 730-5400


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