Law Enforcement Explorers
The department’s law enforcement explorer program is for teens and young adults and is designed to enhance their interest in a career in law enforcement. Both boys and girls are eligible, but must be at least 14 years of age and have graduated from the 8th grade. An explorer must retire on their 21st birthday.
The department’s explorer program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America and meets once a week.
Explorers receive training in all aspects of the law enforcement career field such as defensive tactics, handcuffing, how to analyze and investigate a crime scene, traffic stop procedures, proper search techniques, patrol procedures, handling domestic disturbances, building searches, etc. They will also have an opportunity to receive training in the use of firearms, participate in a ride along program with an officer, and work events within the community.
Officers of the department most often provide the training and at times some of the training is the same as that received by the officers themselves.
The Explorers Program is a stepping-stone for the participants to learn about a career in a way that they can’t get at school while also allowing them to participate and serve the community they live in.
If you are interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Explorer, contact Greg Benson at the Quincy Police Department.
For further information about Law Enforcement Explorers visit their National Site at http://www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/lawenforcement/index.html.