Parents, teachers and law enforcement professionals are constantly seeking ways to expose teenagers to positive values and role models. The Law Enforcement Explorers Program at the Sunrise Police Department is a successful example of how adult intervention can instill responsibility, leadership, teamwork and self-reliance.
The program works with teens and young adults (14 to 21 years of age) by allowing them to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere where the students can demonstrate their personal initiative. The program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate side-by-side with certified Sunrise Police Officers in ongoing training and community service projects.
Participants begin their involvement with a 56-hour basic Law Enforcement Explorers Academy training program, followed by a 6-month probationary period. Weekly meetings include a uniform inspection and training seminars.
Explorers who complete their training participate in a variety of community policing projects including child fingerprinting, school safety seminars and crime prevention programs. Explorers can also assist in various law enforcement details including traffic control and searches. Explorers 16 years of age and older may be scheduled to ride with Sunrise Police Officers during normal 11.5-hour patrol shifts.
To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14 years of age (and under 21), must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades and must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble. Candidates under 18 years of age must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian.
If you are interested or know someone who maybe, please contact the Youth Services Coordinator at (954) 746-3653.