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Munroe Falls, Tallmadge police to form Police Explorer Post for young adults

Published: May 11, 2014 12:00 AM
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Munroe Falls Police Chief Poza announces that the Munroe Falls Police Department, in conjunction with the Tallmadge Police Department, plans to jointly establish and operate a Police Explorer Post that will serve both communities.

This program is for young men and women ages 14-20 who would like to explore the possibility of a law enforcement career. It is open to residents of both communities and to students in the Tallmadge and Stow-Munroe Falls School Districts. Explorers will meet twice a month (Tuesday evenings) in either Munroe Falls or Tallmadge and attend meetings and activities that will educate them about not only the career but how law enforcement accomplishes its mission.

Participation fees can range from $15 to $25 per year. Special activities, events, leadership academies and conferences may cost more and will be determined by the local Exploring post.

Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

Law Enforcement Exploring combines some classroom training with Ride-Alongs in police vehicles (ages 18 and over), Pistol Shooting, Community Policing and much more. Participants will develop leadership and personal skills, law enforcement protocols and marksmanship; learn accident scene procedures, bomb threat response and proper equipment usage; and network with Explorers across the United States, law enforcement officers and federal agencies. Explorers also will learn about the educational requirements and receive advice on steps to take to prepare for a law enforcement career.

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Agencies from federal, state and local levels coordinate the Law Enforcement Exploring programs through the United States. The majority of the community programs are managed by local police departments, including sheriffs, chiefs of police and state police. In addition, many federal agencies off their support. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Federal Air Marshal Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Secret Service provide national programs, scholarships, workshops and literature. Also, Law Enforcement Exploring is supported by the National Sheriffs' Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Nationally, more than 33,000 Explorers and 8,245 adult volunteers participate in Law Enforcement Exploring. The program highlights include: the National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academies, ride-alongs, career achievement awards, National Law Enforcement Exploring Conferences and scholarship opportunities.

For more information on the Law Enforcement Exploring program, contact Officer James Owens at the Munroe Falls Police Department at 330-688-7494 or jowens@munroefalls.com.

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