“The Jasper Police Department’s Explorers Post 72 is always looking for young men and women who are interested in learning more about careers in law enforcement,” said Jasper Police Patrol Officer, Sgt. Jeremy Owens, who is one of the advisors for the JPD Explorer program. “One of the biggest thing the Explorers program does is it challenges the students to become responsible citizens in their community, regardless of the career path they decide to choose.”
The National Explorers Program was founded in 1973 and is a part of the non-Scouting subsidiary of Boy Scouts of America called Learning for Life, which provides educational training programs for young adults.
The Explorers program offer career oriented experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities, with a primary goal of helping young adults learn for life. It combines hands-on classroom training through ride-alongs, marksmanship, community policing, and much more.
Owens said each member of the Jasper Police Explorers Post 72 has to go through extensive training before they are allowed to do a ride-along with a patrol officer.
JPD Explorer Post 72 currently has five members — Capt. Travis Moore, a graduate of Cordova High School; Sgt. Krimson Culverson and rookie officer Chase Alexander, both seniors at Cordova High School; and Cpl. Lindsay Johnson and Cpl. Sha’ni Herron, both seniors at Curry High School.
“They learn how to write tickets, fill out accident reports and other paperwork, how to conduct a proper search, how to handcuff someone correctly — everything police officers do, we teach our Explorers to do,” Owens said. “They develop leadership skills and learn to respect everyone around them. They gain self-confidence and learn all about team building, and this hands-on experience will benefit them for a lifetime.”
Explorers also receive tangible advice on steps they should take now to prepare and position themselves for a successful career in the field of Law Enforcement.
“JPD Patrol Officer Chris Robinson is also one of the advisors for the JPD Explorers, and he is a prime example of how the program can benefit you in life,” Owens said. “He was a member of the Jasper Police Explorer Post 72 when he was in high school and he decided to chose a career in law enforcement after graduating from school.”
Owens said the Explorers program will not interfere with any school, or after school, activities.
“We do our best to work our meetings and activities around our students, because we know a good education is a vital key to being successful in life,” Owens said. “We’re also very strict about our Explorers maintaining good grades in school in order to stay in the program.”
Law Enforcement Career Exploring is open to young men and women ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) and not yet 21 years old with an interest in learning more about careers available in the field of Law Enforcement.
For more information, contact Owens at 205-221-6790.