Police Department Youth Programs

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Sheriff's Explorers

Young adults ages 14 to 20 are encouraged to volunteer as an Explorer. Program participants who pass the interview, background check and training academy volunteer a minimum of 14 hours and meet twice a month for training. Some of the duties include assisting with investigations, helping with paperwork, performing traffic control, assisting at public events, riding with patrol deputies and fund-raising. Skate park officers

Explorers learn teamwork, ethics, discipline, accountability, dedication, professionalism and what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer. However, even if an explorer chooses a career other than law enforcement, the experience gained will last a lifetime.

Anyone interested in joining or wanting more information may call Apple Valley Police (760) 240-7400 or San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Forces Division (909) 387-0641.

Apple Valley Police Activities League

Through the Apple Valley Police Activities League (AVPAL) program, the Apple Valley Police Department has set up a visible presence at the James Woody Community Center on Navajo Road. A youth activities center as well as a sub-station for patrol deputies is located on site.

Learn more about AVPAL


The S.H.O.C.K. Program is a 10-week intervention program for juveniles between the ages of 13 and 17. It was designed to combat the negative influence of gangs, drugs, teenage pregnancy, communication issues with peers and parents, and create self-respect by teaching:

  • Self-Discipline
  • Honor
  • Obedience
  • Character
  • Knowledge

For more information on the S.H.O.C.K. program call the Apple Valley Police Activities League at (760) 961-0754, email info@avpal.org, or visit www.avpal.org.

Youth Resource Officers