Auburn police announce explorer program

AUBURN — Auburn police are launching a program to introduce young people to the potential of law enforcement as a career.

The Auburn Police Department Regional Explorer Post No. 333 is a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local police agencies. It is one of the Exploring programs from Learning for Life, a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.

According to an Auburn police news release: "the program is available to qualified young adults of high moral character who have graduated the 8th grade and are between the ages 14 and 20."

Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis:

• Career opportunities

• Life skills

• Citizenship

• Character education

• Leadership experience.

The Post meets twice a month during the school year and weekly during summer vacation. Activities include: patrol ride-along, community service, honor guard, radio procedure, traffic stops, drill and cadence (marching), building searches for people or evidence, crime scene investigations, report writing and more.

An adult advisory committee comprising individuals from local law enforcement agencies — including representatives from the Auburn Police Department, the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department and the Maine State Police — as well as asset protection officials from area businesses and members of the community lead, guide and oversee the Post.

Post No. 333 welcomes any young person who may be interested in the law enforcement or program to an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Auburn Police Department.

For more information on the APD's Regional Explorer Post No. 333, please contact Liz Allen, VIPS coordinator at 333-6650.

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 's picture

I totally disagree(I'm sure

I totally disagree(I'm sure that will surprise many)

We cannot allow the local police to indoctrinate our young people. There are people who will gravitate to law enforcement careers, but we should not encourage such rabid actions. I think pouring money into mental health examinations for any kid wanting to join such an organization would be in order. I think mental health exams for all police should be mandatory. We do not need someone to teach kids how to bully, discriminate and generally become more anti-social. And to affiliate with the scouts, how much more destruction can we tolerate.

Keith Dutton's picture

Great idea! APD previously

Great idea! APD previously had an Explorer Post; I was a member from 1973 to 1974.

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