By Jill Fox
Parents and teachers are often seeking ways to expose teenagers to positive values and role models. A new program, in partnership with Broward Sheriff’s Office, shows how adult intervention can instill qualities, like responsibility and leadership in today’s young adults.
The Law Enforcement Explorers Program, a district initiative launching at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, focuses on teens, starting at age 15 with interest in the law.
School Resource Officer Dean Seymour, who is overseeing the program, said 15 students showed an interest in applying at their first meeting on January 23.
Geared towards those seeking a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system, the Explorer program works with students until age 20 by allowing them to interact with police in an atmosphere where they can demonstrate personal initiative.
According to Parkland Captain Chris Mulligan, the Law Enforcement Explorer program is designed to give participants a firsthand look at what it is like to be a deputy sheriff. They are supervised by deputies, who act as advisors and conduct training on all aspects of law enforcement functions, including first-aid, interpersonal communications, report writing, and traffic control.
Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, and good citizenship. To qualify, candidates must maintain good school grades and stay out of trouble.
Captain Mulligan said, “Membership as a law enforcement explorer is an excellent opportunity for young adults to gain confidence, learn the meaning of public service and give back to the community.”
For more information or to download an application, visit Law Enforcement Explorers.