Hello Galicia - Along with learning the different areas of a police department, you will also gain a better understanding of the community you live in. You will see people at their worst and at their best. When I was a patrol officer, our Explorers were allowed to ride out with officers on the day and evening shifts. They were there witnessing the variety of calls that the police respond to every day. They also participated in yearly Explorer competitions where they would demonstrate the skills they learned competing with other Explorer groups. Many of the Explorers I knew as teenagers are now successful police officers. (which makes me feel really old - haha). I wish you the best.
James recommends the following next steps:
- Look in to the Explorer groups in your area, talk to some of the participants.