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Sheriff's office launches Explorer program

Callahan: Goal is to reach area youth

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan on Monday launched the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office Police Explorer Program.

This career and value-oriented initiative, he said, will give young adults in Grundy County the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with deputies of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Program, which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America and is affiliated with Learning for Life, will be led by two trained advisers and supported by Grundy County Sheriff’s Office assistant advisers.

“The Police Explorer Program is a proven model that is nationally respected,” Callahan said. “It provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. It provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities, with the ultimate goal of the program 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.”

The program is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and law enforcement officers in their communities.

“I am proud to implement and sponsor the Law Enforcement Explorer Program at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office,” Callahan said. “It is a great opportunity to educate and mentor our youth and expose them to the rewarding profession of community service and law enforcement.”

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Police Explorer Program, also known as the Law Enforcement Explorer Program, is open to young adults between the ages of 14 (must have completed eighth grade) and 20, who are interested in a career in law enforcement.  

Applications will be accepted and Explorers will be selected based on a standard selection process.

Applicants will be expected to:

• Complete an application

• Clear a background investigation

• Participate in an interview with a post adviser

• Maintain a 2.0 GPA while enrolled in school; Must be at least 16 years of age and maintain a 2.5 GPA to participate in ride-alongs and firearms

• Have no serious police record

• Maintain a neat appearance and manner in compliance with the policies of the           Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and Explorer Post

• Attend regular meetings, conferences, training events and competitions

• Be willing to volunteer time to participate in Explorer functions

• Participate in fundraisers

• Pay an annual membership fee of $15, as required by the Boy Scouts of America,    and other local dues that help defray the cost of awards, badges and other items

• Have complete approval of legal parents or guardians

• Have completed the eighth grade and be between the ages 14 to 20.

Explorer meetings will be twice a month at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, 111 E. Illinois Ave., Morris.

An informational open house will be at the sheriff’s office at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

Explorer applications and informational packets may be picked up in at the sheriff’s office.

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