Wausau Police Explorer Post #0442

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To provide area youth with a better understanding of local government, its functions and responsibilities. To promote respect for the law. To provide each Explorer with the opportunity to observe the operations of the police department in the discharge of its responsibility to protect and serve the citizens of our municipalities. To provide information and exploration of law enforcement careers. The Exploring Program is affiliated with Learning for Life and each group plans their own activities around the interest of its members.

Post Membership

To apply for the Wausau Police Explorer Post you must complete the following application CLICK HERE. You can also pick up the application in person. Once the application is complete, please drop it off either at the Kronenwetter Police Department or Wausau Police Department made attention to the explorer post. To find out more information about law enforcement exploring, contact the Wausau Police Department at 715-261-7788 to find out further details.

What Do Explorers Learn?

Explorers are taught by Advisors of the Police Department Post. An advisor is a member of a law enforcement agency who serves as a mentor to the teens & young adults of the post. Explorers train in many activities and build themselves with activities such as: conflict resolution, youth leadership, defense & arrest tactics, patrol procedures, firearms safety, traffic & high-risk stops and much much more! Explorers are also allowed, pending department approval, experience riding along with an officer during the course of their normal duties. The Explorers get to see in person what the job is really like.




Explorers are provided with key information about the daily activities of a law enforcement officer and receive lectures, remedial training and hands-on activities

Wausau PD/Kronenwetter PD Connection

Wausau_Explorer_PatchThe Wausau Police Explorer Post was re-established in late 2005 by the Wausau Police Department. In 2007 the post noticed that there were new explorers coming to the post from outside of the City of Wausau. Therefore, the Wausau Police Department approached several metro agencies to see if they would like to have an officer join the post as an advisor.

The Kronenwetter Police Department jumped at the chance. In April 2007, Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao joined the post as an advisor and has been an active advisor with the post ever since.

Current Post Advisors
  • ExplorerSealOfficer Anthony Reince | Wausau Police Department
  • Officer Brent Olson | Wausau Police Department
  • Officer Luis Lopes-Serrao | Kronenwetter PD
  • Officer Matt Van Lieshout | Wausau Police Department
  • Officer Patrice Pettigrew | Wausau Police Department
  • Officer Koua Thao | Wausau Police Department
  • Officer Sarah Bedish | Wausau Police Department
Meeting Times/Dates

Regularly scheduled meetings are held on the 2nd & 3rd Thursday of each month from 7 pm – 9 pm.


To provide opportunities for explorers to become peer leaders; members have an opportunity to become be appointed into the following positions: (1) Captain, (2) Lieutenants. In those positions, explorers have responsibility in assisting in the planning of training and being leaders to their fellow explorers.

Wi Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association (WLEEAA)

WLEEAA_FLAGWLEEAA is a Nationally Certified Association composed of law enforcement explorer advisors from all across the State of Wisconsin. The association meets annually to receive mandatory annual training as well as training and discussion groups in new topics. Advisors also network with each other on ways to better post activities and operations. WLEEAA looks to increase membership with all active posts and to assist departments in creating new posts throughout the state.

Website: www.wi-wleeaa.org

WLEEAA Sponsored Awards & Scholarships

WLEEAA sponsors a number of awards & scholarships. To view those see below:

About  Learning For Life

The Wausau Police Explorer Post is associated with Learning for Life. Learning for Life is a chool and work-site based program that is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. It utilizes programs designed for schools and community-based organizations that are designed to prepare youth to for the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.

Website: http://exploring.learningforlife.org/services/career-exploring/law-enforcement/