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 and may participate until they are 21.
The department’s Explorer program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America and meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Explorers generally meet at the Quincy Regional Training Facility, located at 1900 Seminary Road. There is a $33.00 annual fee to participate that goes to the BSA for charter fees and insurance.
Explorers receive training in many aspects of the law enforcement career field such as court room testimony, patrol procedures, how to analyze and investigate a crime scene, traffic stop procedures, proper search techniques, handling domestic disturbances, and building searches. We have guest speakers from different branches of law enforcement and the legal field. They will also have an opportunity to receive training in the use of firearms, participate in the ride along program with an officer and work events/fund raisers within the community.
Officers of the department 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 the law enforcement field in a way they can’t get at school while also allowing them to participate and serve the community they live in. Explorers are able to add their Exploring experience to job resumes as a boost for possible employment.
If you are interested in becoming a Law Enforcement Explorer, contact Officers Chris Mueller, Kenyell Bailey or Greg Benson at the Quincy Police Department 217-228-4470.
For further information about Law Enforcement Explorers visit their National Site at http://www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/lawenforcement/index.html.