The North substation’s Explorer Post #1416 was created in 2010. The post number was chosen in memory of SAPD Officer Mark Renaud, who wore badge #1416. Officer Renaud joined SAPD in 1996 and passed away in 2004 after a bravely fought battle with cancer. North post meets each Tuesday from 6-9 pm at the North substation, located at 13030 Jones-Maltsberger. Along with Officer Dave McDonald as lead advisor, several SAPD officers help teach and mentor explorers as they learn SAPD’s procedures, techniques, and tactics. Many of these SAPD officers are former explorers themselves. In addition to participants “exploring” a career in law enforcement, the program also develops leadership skills, good citizenship and an appreciation for community service.
Exploring is a year-round program and there are specific minimum requirements that have to be met prior to being accepted. Each meeting begins with a roll call and classroom instruction followed by approximately 2 hours of practical scenarios in which explorers act as officers responding to various situations. The meeting is concluded with 30-45 minutes of physical activity.
If you have any questions please contact Officer Dave McDonald at 207-6086 or email here.