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    Police Explorers Program

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    Mission Statement:

    The primary mission of this program is to bridge the gap between young men and women ages 13-20 and police officers by educating and training them on careers in law enforcement. The aim of this program is to promote interest and understanding of law enforcement practices for those considering a career in the law enforcement profession. This program will also build character, provide leadership experiences, teach basic life skills, and provide an alternative to negative influences they might otherwise encounter.

    What do Explorer's do?

    Explorers receive classroom instruction and participate in physical exercise and activity once a week. In addition to weekly meetings, Explorers assist the New Haven Police Department with traffic assignments during road races or other community events. Explorers also participate in community clean ups, soup kitchens, and community awareness programs for preventing particular crimes. Based upon an Explorers age he or she may be eligible to participate in our ride-along program in which the Explorer would ride along with an officer as he responds to calls. Explorers attend various competitions and events throughout the New England area with other Explorer posts where they are evaluated on how well they perform at traffic stops, various scenarios (assaults, domestic disputes, motor vehicle stops, DUI) and a physical agility course.

    Meeting Time and Location:

    Meetings will be held every Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the New Haven Police Academy located at 710 Sherman Parkway (Time and location subject to change).

    Membership Requirements:

    Members must be between the ages of 13-20 years old
    Prior to applying to the post all potential Explorers must attend (3) consecutive meetings to determine their degree of interest in law enforcement
    All Explorers must maintain at least a C average if still attending school. Failure to maintain a C average for any one marking period may result in the Explorer being placed on probation, suspended or terminated if deemed appropriate by the Executive Board and Post Advisors.
    Background check must be completed, Explorers must not have any serious offenses on their criminal record; criminal record will be looked at on a case by case basis.

    When to apply?

    Applications for this year have closed. However, the program will be accepting applications in the Spring and Fall of 2015.

    Who can I contact if I am interested in becoming an Explorer?

    If you are interested in becoming an Explorer or if you would like more information on the program, please contact Detective Stone, Lead Advisor of the Police Explorer Program, at or call (203) 946-6297.

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