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Police explorer program teaches fundamentals of criminal justice

Published 11:57am Friday, March 1, 2013

Embracing a career in law enforcement can be a daunting idea, but people ages 14–21 can find out more with the Police Explorer Program.

“It’s for people who have an interest in law enforcement and law,” said Sgt. James Orr, who will be one leader of the program. “We’ll be teaching them both law enforcement and law – give them the best of both topics. Criminal justice is a very broad field.”

The series of meetings will expose young people to a variety of aspects of law enforcement. The program is part of a national program, Law Enforcement Career Exploring, which is a subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America.

It’s open to boys and girls age 14–21.

“It’s just something we’re starting back up again,” Orr said. “It gives people some insight … We invite speakers and we do hands-on training related to those fields.”

Professions addressed may include anything from police officer, to sheriff, to federal agent, to state police/highway patrol and more.

The first meeting will be March 7 at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center on Cherokee Road. Orr said the schedule from that point on will be flexible based on the availability of the members, but meetings will probably be bi-weekly on Thursday nights about 6 p.m.

“If we have six that want to participate that’s great. If we have 20 that want to participate that’s even better,” Orr said.

For more information on the class call Orr at 256-329-6772.