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Youth Open Gym
Hey, youth in grades 7-12! Are you and your friends looking for something to do this summer? You’re invited to drop by for open gym. Round up your friends or meet someone new on the court for a game of basketball, volleyball, kickball, or dodge-ball - choose a game and have fun! This program is supervised by Brooklyn Center Recreation and the Police Department staff. IT'S FREE and we are meeting on Thursday's (June 11 - August 27, 2020) from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Brooklyn Center High School (BCHS) "Blue Barn" Youth Rec Center.  There will be no open gym held on

Open Gym Flyer

For more information contact Juvenile Officer Colleen Fricke at (763) 503-3226 or
 or Recreation Supervisor Joe Ericksen at (763) 569-3382.

The "Blue Barn" Youth Rec Center is located at 6500 Humboldt Avenue (the blue building east of BCHS).

The Brooklyn Center Police Department strictly enforces the county’s curfew laws. For more information on the curfew laws click here - Hennepin County Curfew.

Youth Police Explorer Program
Police Explorers is a program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age. The Explorer program teaches members various aspects of Law Enforcement as well as core values of Teamwork, Dedication, and Service to others. If you are interested in Law Enforcement as a career or want to learn more about our program contact us for more information. Check out our Youth Explorer Program Flyer!

In order to join the post, you must: 
  • Have completed 8th grade
  • Be 14-20 years old
  • Submit an application to join
  • Pass a background check
  • Maintain a C average or better

Our recruitment window is September 1st through October 15th every year. After passing a background check, applicants must interview with members of the post as well as police advisors. If selected after the interview, you will become a probationary member for 12 weeks.  In addition to weekly training during the school year, the Brooklyn Center Police Explorers assist with numerous events in our city. As a group of 8 Explorers have completed over 180 hours of community service in the past. For example; 
  • Earle Brown Days Parade
  • Earle Brown Days Fireworks
  • Law Enforcement Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge and Torch Run
  • Brooklyn Center Dudley Softball Tournament
  • Police Community Awards Ceremony
  • Assist with traffic control for several nearby community events and parades
  • Participate in the State Police Explorers Conference every April 
  • Help bridge the gap between the community and our police department 
  • and more!

For more information please contact Officer Gregg Nordby at (763) 503-3224 or .