The Explorer program is an official departmental program. Although the Explorer post is chartered through Learning for Life (a subsidiary of The Boy Scouts of America), the Chief of Police is the final authority for all matters pertaining to the Killeen Police Department (KPD) Law Enforcement Explorer program. The program is designed to acquaint young people with the nature and complexity of Law Enforcement. It encourages them to seek careers as police officers and at the same time it affords the department an additional opportunity to evaluate each Explorer, at little expense, prior to their application for employment as a police officer.
The Law Enforcement Explorer Program brings the Explorer and the police department together through meetings, projects, social functions, and ride along program. Explorers are given the responsibility and respect they earn. In turn, they can make their public service felt among members of the community, especially members in their age bracket.