Elgin Police Explorer Post to host open house Jan. 16
On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Elgin Police Department is hosting an open house for those who are interested in joining the department's Explorer Post 1445. They will be accepting applications for probationary Police Explorers.
The Explorer Program enhances the relationship between the police department and youth residing in Elgin and surrounding communities. This program is affiliated with Boy Scouts of America, though both males and females are welcome.
The program objectives are:
• Facilitate exposure to various criminal justice careers and positive interaction with law enforcement professionals.
• Provide hands-on experience and awareness of the criminal justice system, thereby helping Explorers make an informed decision regarding a career in law enforcement or related field.
• Serve the community by assisting the police department in a supplementary law enforcement and liaison capacity.
• Facilitate personal growth through building self-confidence, utilizing team work, engaging in challenging experiences, and setting high standards of performance and personal conduct.
• Enhance character development and improve physical and mental fitness.
• Learn responsibility to one's self and others through leadership.
Participants must between age 14 and 21; have completed eighth grade or up; have good moral character; and good physical health.
They also must be able to attend mandatory weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the police department, 151 Douglas Ave.
Explorers continuously receive training on the following, but not limited to: courtroom procedures, CPR certification, crime prevention, criminal law, fingerprinting, evidence collection, firearms training, patrol procedures, and report writing.
Annually, all Explorers are expected to contribute 96 hours of volunteer time. Volunteer activities are coordinated by the police department. Activities may include special events, fingerprinting at community events, assistance at open houses, and police department projects.
To learn more about the Explorer Post 1445, visit www.cityofelgin.org/1440/Explorer-Post-1445.