The Wausau Police Explorer Post #0442 is a Learning-for-Life post which is sponsored and operated by the Wausau Police Department. Members attend two post meetings each month where they have an opportunity to learn about what a career in law enforcement is really like. This is done through hands-on training and lecture based on courses in a wide variety of topics. Topics include but are not limited to; firearms safety and training, defense and arrests tactics, OWI investigation, disturbance response, bomb threat response, first aid, hostage negotiation, traffic enforcement and the list goes on and on. We are also lucky to have a great partnership with the Wausau Fire Department Explorer Post, and conduct joint training exercises with the fire explorers several times a year.
The explorer post is also very active in the community, helping volunteers in several city events such as the balloon rally, various 5K events, Holiday Heroes and more.
WHO CAN JOIN?
Anyone between the ages of 14-20 years old is eligible to join. Membership is open to youth from anywhere as long as they are able to attend meetings.
WHAT DO EXPLORERS WEAR?
Explorers are assigned a uniform polo shirt to be worn during meetings, events and volunteer activities. The uniform shirt is provided to the explorer. They are also expected to wear a pair of black BDU or TDU pants and black shoes, which the explorer is responsible for purchasing on their own.
WHEN ARE THE MEETINGS?
Explorers meet on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of every month from 7pm-9pm, but are subject to change on occasion.
WHAT IS THE COST?
There is an annual fee of $40.00 for membership. There is an additional $25 refundable fee for the post provided uniform shirt.
HOW DO I JOIN?
If you are interested in learning more about the Wausau Police Explorer Post and /or joining, contact Officer Koua Thao #113 by email at Koua.Thao@ci.wausau.wi.us or by phone at (715) 261-7841. Membership is open year round.