EXPLORERS: LEARNING THE ROPES BEFORE WEARING THE BADGE

Police Explorers
Police Explorers

Calling all young, prospective police officers! There’s a way you can participate in many police activities to see if a career in law enforcement is right for you.

Mint Hill youth from ages 14 to 20 can become Explorers, working closely with the Mint Hill Police Dept. for an in-depth, hands on orientation to the field, while also gaining leadership skills and performing community service.

While some of the training is in the classroom, the majority of learning is in the realm of actual police duties. Members learn to investigate a crime scene, write a report, perform an effective traffic stop, and participate in a ride along with a police officer, as well as taking part in other police procedures.

In addition, Explorers will learn or improve their marksmanship skills, master the latest police technology, and become familiar with law enforcement protocol.

Moreover, the Explorer program serves a two-fold purpose. While learning all aspects of procedures and professionalism, the members are schooled in citizenship, character building, and respect for both police and the community. Mint Hill Police have become mentors and role models to many of the Explorers, helping to keep them on “the straight and narrow”, as Chief Ledford put it.

Exploring law enforcement is not limited to a career as a member of the police force. Popular law enforcement positions also include federal agents, probation officers, and military police, to name a few.



Another advantage to being an Explorer is that he or she will learn the educational requirements needed to pursue his or her specific field of choice, and how to apply for one or more of the seven available scholarships. No less importantly, they will understand the steps that can be taken now to prepare for a successful career in law enforcement.

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Kathy Shepler
I was an English professor at The University of Akron, Ohio before retiring and moving to Charlotte last year. My undergraduate degree is in journalism and my masters in education. Along with writing for The Mint Hill Times, I tutor in English and do book editing. I live in Mint Hill with my husband and am involved in a number community activities.