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Homeland Security Investigations Overview

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through international trade, travel, and finance. HSI’s mission is to investigate, disrupt and dismantle terrorist, transnational, and other criminal organizations that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States (HSI).

HSI Overview

Our Mission

HSI Explorer Post 601 exists to teach meaningful life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship. Exploring delivers character-building experiences and mentorship that allow youth to achieve their full potential in life and work. The HSI Explorer Program is a special-interest Exploring Post designed to introduce young adults and parents to law enforcement and government. Explorers are exposed to an overview of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) responsibilities centered on Homeland Security Investigation's (HSI) mission to protect America and uphold public safety. The Explorers will receive structured, physical, and discipline training and will be provided opportunities and lessons on becoming our leaders of tomorrow. Advisors will encourage and will assist with college applications and career paths.

The Post reaches out to the City of New York's young adults and many diverse neighborhoods. Explorers are taught the significance of higher education, self-discipline in achieving their goals, respect, integrity, and self-responsibility. Explorers will have the opportunity to learn from members of the preeminent federal law enforcement agency in New York City. The latter is genuinely interested in developing our future leaders of tomorrow. HSI Explorer Post 601 will provide the experiences, knowledge, and camaraderie to help them succeed in their future endeavors.

Our Mission
Program Overview

Program Overview

The program intends to “set them up for success.” HSI Explorers will utilize a three-pronged approach for success: youth leadership, positive adult role models, and the five critical elements of life experience. The five essential elements are Career Development, Life Skills Development, Community-Service, Character Development, and Leadership. 


The Explorers learn how to lead, plan and execute most of their program activities. Simultaneously, the positive interaction between the Explorers and the agents/officers will also help open up the communication lines and build positive relationships between the community and law enforcement. Explorers participate in various programs, including local/national competitions, educational/historical field trips, community service, workshops, awards ceremonies, scholarships, and more. Parental participation is encouraged. Training sessions include HSI communications, law enforcement investigations, physical training, crime-scene analysis, and surveillance operations.

Our Post held its first meeting in October 2016. Since its inception, HSI Explorer Post 601 members have realized a wide range of personal success, from internships with HSI and the FBI to NYPD cadets. Training and supervision are provided by Post Advisors, who are HSI agents and technical staff volunteering their time.

Explorer Benefits & Training

Explorer Benefits

  • Professional development that includes interviewing, report writing, and work experiences to begin building your resume.

  • Leadership training, development, and opportunities.

  • An understanding of the importance of teamwork in a professional setting.

  • Develop diverse friendships.

  • Participate in community service events.

  • Networking opportunities.

  • Improved self-confidence.

  • Fun and exciting hands-on career experiences.

  • College and career readiness preparation.


Explorer Training

  • Leadership development

  • ​Physical fitness training

  • Drill & Ceremony

  • Investigative report writing

  • Scenario training

  • Interactions with law enforcement authorities.

  • Competition training

  • Basic self-defense

  • Community service

  • Team & Diversity training

  • Resume building

Leadership & Organization Structure

Leadership & Organization Structure

Organization Structure
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