Cadet Corps


Newport News Police Department's Cadet Corps (formerly Explorers Program) is open to youth and young adults, ages 14 to 21. The program aims to teach participants about various aspects of law enforcement through weekly activities and presentations. The program encourages community service, physical fitness, and leadership development. 


  • Be at least 14 years old, but not older than 21
  • Be a Newport News resident or resident of a jurisdiction that does not have a cadet or explorers program   
  • Must have passed eighth grade
  • Be willing to attend weekly meetings/trainings and special events
  • Have a strong work/study ethic

Uniforms are provided by the department.

For more information, contact MPO Watkins at