Explorers and Volunteers


Ceres Police Explorer Post 451 is a co-educational program that has been overseen by an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, Learning for Life, since 1998.

The goal of the Police Explorer Program is to teach young adults, ages 14-20, the values needed to succeed in a law enforcement career and in life.  In the program, Cadets learn: 

·        Self-Discipline

·        Self-Confidence

 ·        Self-Respect

 ·        Teamwork 

 ·        The desire to help others

During their time as Explorers, the Cadets are introduced to what it is to be a Police Officer, how to take reports, how to make traffic stops, how to complete paperwork and other hands-on training. 

They also volunteer their time for many organizations including the Ceres Street Faire, Gallo events and the Smoke on the River event. Many of these events have donated money to the Explorer Post, funding which provides them with new equipment and pays their yearly fees.

The Explorers also volunteer to assist in other events, such as Gang Awareness events at Central Valley High School, Christmas Tree Lane, gift wrapping for Beards for Kids, and DUI Checkpoints.

The Ceres Police Department Explorer Program is overseen by Lt. Danny Vierra and Sgt. Dirk Nieuwenhuis. In addition there is a group of dedicated Officers and Civilian employees who act as Advisors to the Explorers.    


The Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) are committed to providing competent support to the citizens of Ceres and the police officers of Ceres Police Department. Their mission is to build partnerships with the community, improving the citizens’ quality of life.


VIPS agree to donate a minimum of 16 hours per month in service to the Police Department and citizens of Ceres. While on duty, they may do any of the following:

  • Handicapped Parking Enforcement
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Ride-Alongs
  • Shopping Center Patrol
  • Support for special City functions
  • Support the Records Division
  • Support the Investigations Division
  • Support the Patrol Division
  • Support the Property/Evidence CSO
  • Support the Communications Center
  • Act as the eyes and ears of the Department