The City of Fond du Lac is the proud host of Law Enforcement Explorer Post #9647.
The Explorer Post is a joint effort between the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and the Boy Scouts of America. The program is intended to give males and females from ages 14-20 the opportunity to explore law enforcement as a possible career choice.
The Explorer Post meets on the third Tuesday of every month. During these monthly meetings, Explorers will receive hands-on training from Fond du Lac Police Officers in areas such as handcuffing, crime scene investigations, proper evidence handling, traffic control, proper radio communication, conducting traffic stops, and when to shoot/not shoot.
Explorers are invited to participate in the Ride Along program that the Fond du Lac Police Department offers. In this program, Explorers will ride along with an officer for a portion of their shift and get to see what it is like to be a police officer and what some duties and responsibilities of the job are.
The Explorer Post assists the Police Department with various community service projects including parades, fireworks, Fond du Lac’s Walleye Weekend and other public events. The Explorer Post also assists the Police Department by assisting officers at crime prevention displays and fingerprinting of children and manning crime prevention booths.
Explorers wear uniforms that are issued by the Post and a duty belt with various pieces of equipment based on the hours they provide to the post.
The Explorer Post participates in various Explorer Competitions held throughout the state in events such as vehicle contacts, shoot/don’t shoot, crime scene investigations and physical agility.
Advisor – Officer Michael Gales (920) 322-3700, x1016
Explorer Voicemail (920) 322-3700, x1952
The Citizen’s Police Academy is a program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Fond du Lac Police Department. It is not a “training” class, but it is an exciting informational class. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the Fond du Lac Police Department. The Citizen’s Academy program was designed under the premise that an informed community is a safer community. Informed and educated citizens will be more supportive of police officers and the Department, and they will be more proactive within their own neighborhoods. The Citizen’s Academy consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week on a designated evening for approximately three hours per class. It is hoped that all graduates of this class will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing that duty.
2020 Class Information
Class will begin on February 25, 2020 and run through April 28, 2020
For more information contact Captain Jason Laridaen at (920) 322-3718.
FOND DU LAC – D.A.R.E. PROGRAM
Contact: D.A.R.E. Officer Erik Foster – (920) 322-3746
The City of Fond du Lac Police Department has been instructing the D.A.R.E program to Fond du Lac youths since 1990 both in the public and parochial school systems. Currently, the program is only taught at St Mary’s Springs, to both 5th and 7th grade students.
Since D.A.R.E’s inception in 1983, the program has been revised numerous times. The most recent update was in 2012 with the brand new Keepin’ it R.E.A.L program that is currently being taught. The program in a 10 week based curriculum focusing on good decision making, bullying prevention and resistance techniques. The R.E.A.L acronym stands for Refuse Explain Avoid Leave. Four key resistance techniques that help students resist the pressures to use alcohol and drugs along with making good/healthy decisions.
D.A.R.E is funded solely through donations and community support. Anyone interested in finding out more about the City Of Fond du Lac’s D.A.R.E program can contact Officer Erik Foster at 920-322-3746.
Behind The Badge
News/Talk 1450 KFIZ
Listen to KFIZ every Friday at 9:10 a.m. for the inside story about the news and activities inside the Fond du Lac Police Department and the world of law enforcement. Calls are welcome at (920) 923-1450. Officer Erik Foster and Wade Bates on Behind the Badge.
Officer Foster may be reached at
(920) 322-3746 or