Community Programs

  • The McFarland Police Department program provides an opportunity for young men and women to experience first-hand how a police department functions and what it takes to get started in a challenging career in law enforcement.  The program, geared around law enforcement, gives youth self-confidence, discipline, and a feeling of community involvement.  The Explorers also participate in community events and perform annually in the Christmas and July 4th parades.
  • The Explorers are used frequently by the department as a role players during training exercises for Advanced Officers training.  During training the department needs actors to play the roles of victims and witnesses and most often criminals.  It is just as much a learning experience for the Explorer as it is the police officer in training.
  • Explorers are able to ride in patrol vehicles with officers on a regular basis if they choose to do so which enables them to gain enough personal experience to make an informed decision as to whether they really want to pursue a career in law enforcement.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Police Explorer, you must be 14½ to 20 years old.  If you are under the age of 18 you need parental consent to participate in the Explorer Program.  You should have a general interest and appreciation for law enforcement.  You must have and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better, be of good moral character, abstain from using alcohol and drugs and must not have a felony conviction.

If you are interested in becoming a Police Explorer contact Officer Laurence Keegan at 661-792-2121 or

Citizen Volunteer Program (CVP)
  • Citizen volunteers play and important role in the operations of the Police Department and the city.  Volunteers donate hundreds of hours every year, acting as the "eyes and ears" of the department and assisting sworn personnel during patrol and special events.  If interested in becoming a CVP, contact Corporal Roberto Moita at 661-792-2121 or