Police Explorers

The Inver Grove Heights Police Explorers are a Boy Scout-based group for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement and have completed the 8th grade.   The program offers the opportunity to learn about law enforcement in a fun-filled, hands-on approach, promoting growth and development in adolescent youth.

The Inver Grove Heights Police Department currently has several police officers when they were young participated in a Police Explorer Program before becoming a police officer.  

Explorers meet during October through April and have one joint training per month with other posts.  There may be additional events and training throughout the year as well.  All of these meetings and training come to a head with the annual Minnesota State Conference in Rochester, MN.  At this conference Explorer Units from across the state come together to compete in different law enforcement-related scenarios such as Arrest and Search, Domestics, Burglary Response, Firearms, Traffic Stops, and White Collar Crime among others. 

For the 2019 Conference our Explorers did well, They took 2nd place in two academic sessions which included de-escalation/ crisis intervention training and Tourette syndrome training for law enforcement. 

Besides training, meetings, and the competition, the Explorers help give back to the community throughout the year in many ways.  They assist with events like the Safety Camp, Dakota County Fair, and Inver Grove Heights Days.  

The Inver Grove Heights Police Department has three officers serve as advisors.  Officers Engstrom, Eid, and Malcolm.


If you are interested in participating in the Explorer Program please complete an application as the program starts yearly in late September.

Explorer Program Application Packet (fillable PDF)

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments please reach out to an Explorer Advisor they will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Officer Nels Engstrom
Email: nengstrom@ighmn.gov
Contact number: 651-450-2560 ext. 3621

Officer Ericka Eid
Email: eeid@ighmn.gov
Contact number: 651-450-2560 ext. 3620

Officer Ryan Malcolm
Email: rmalcolm@ighmn.gov
Contact number: 651-450-2560 ext. 3636