Calling all budding crime-fighters to gain an insight into West Yorkshire Police (1 Sept 2016)

Budding young crime-fighters of the future are once again invited to experience the inner workings of West Yorkshire Police. 

Applications are now invited for this very popular Programme, which will see 16-18-year-olds gaining an exciting insight into many different aspects of policing across the county. 

The 25-week programme, which starts in January 2017, enable successful candidates to explore the day-to-day work of police officers on the streets of West Yorkshire, as well as the work of specialist departments including Crime Scene Investigation, Safeguarding Units, Roads Policing and Crime Prevention to name but a few.  

The applicants will also be given the opportunity to learn about the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, as well partner organisations such as West Yorkshire Trading Standards and the Fire Service. 

Explorers will be required to attend their local police station for two hours on Wednesday evening each week, where they will take part in an interactive programme. There will also be the opportunity to get involved in neighbourhood policing work, police training and meet the many diverse communities of West Yorkshire. 

Community Engagement Officer, Simon Phillips, who coordinates the programme, said: "We are proud to be able to offer this exciting programme again this year and it gets better and better each time around. Many young people at this stage in their life are unsure about what career path they would like to take and the Explorer Programme offers a unique behind-the-scenes look into policing which is ideal for anyone considering the Police Service as a future career.  

"It also offers opportunities to get involved in their communities, and at the same time helps them develop skills they will require in later life. We're looking for a diverse group of Explorers, who represent West Yorkshire's diverse communities. We hope that many will continue to work with us as Volunteers, Specials, PCSOs and Police Officers." 

In addition to all of the Explorers receiving individual Certificates of Achievements, seven Explorers will be awarded a trophy for District Explorer of the Year and one lucky Explorer will be crowned West Yorkshire Police Explorer of the Year. 

For more information, please visit or contact Simon Philips via email [email protected] , by phone 01924 292 334 or 07841 899 917. For regular updates follow our social media pages on Twitter @wypexplorers or

The deadline for applications is Saturday 31 October 2016.

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