PHOTOS: Austin police teach teens life saving skills

Austin Police Explorer Program teaches youths tactical training, firearm safety, advanced medical skills (KXAN Photo/ Daniel Guerrero)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Test your strength and prowess with the Austin Police Department’s Explorer Academy.

The Austin Police Department is offering locals from the age of 14 to 20 to train like law enforcement. As a part of their Explorer Academy, youths will be taught various life skills through physical challenges.

Participants will get to rappel with a SWAT team and learn CPR with a medical crew. Graduates of the program will know how to think critically, communicate with a team, and safely handle a firearm. They will also be taught advanced medial skills, police tactics, and how to understand the penal code.

Schedule of training: 

  • June 17: Rappelling with SWAT
  • June 20: Active shooter response through various scenarios
  • June 21: Tactical trauma care
  • June 24: All day role play emergency scenarios
  • June 25: Graduation at the Cornerstone Baptist Church

While this current class is closed to applicants, find out when the next session will be by contacting or calling (512) 974-4975. Apply here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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