Post 1836

Second Saturday of Month  |  10 am - 12:30 pm

Lt. Barry McDermott Crime Scene House
(1620 Crockett Street, Houston, TX, 77007)

The Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) Explorer program introduces students to forensic science and some of the disciplines that fall under that umbrella. Each monthly class will involve a short lecture and hands-on activity presented by real-life analysts and examiners from HFSC’s various divisions. The program will culminate with a mock crime scene where the students will put everything they learned to work by collecting evidence, searching for latent prints, photographing, and documenting a mock crime scene!

The Explorer program is open to students who will be high school juniors or seniors for the 2021-2022 school year and are interested in the field of forensic science as a career. Students will receive hands-on experience in various scenarios that will help expose them to the different forensic disciplines our lab practices and support their ability to develop valuable skills.

Open House Information Sessions

RSVP for one of our information sessions:

  • February 13, 2021  |  2-3 pm
  • March 11, 2021  |  6-7 pm
  • April 10, 2021  |  1-2 pm



For an application, email The application deadline is July 1, 2021.


Meetings will be held on the second Saturday of the month from August 2021 – April 2022. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are preparing activities and presentations that can be done both virtually and in-person to best facilitate the program based to accommodate constant changes that accompany the pandemic.

If the program occurs in-person, it will be held at HFSC's downtown Houston training facility located at the Lt. Barry McDermott Crime Scene House (1620 Crockett Street, Houston, TX, 77007). If the program is held virtually, links will be emailed to attendees.

About the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC)

The Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) is a local government corporation created to provide independent forensic services to law enforcement agencies, primarily the Houston Police Department. The HFSC downtown Houston training facility is located at the Lt. Barry McDermott Crime Scene House (1620 Crockett Street, Houston, TX, 77007).


For more information or for an application, email


About Exploring

Law Enforcement ExploringLaw Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program for students interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.

The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.