Elkhart Police launch explorer program for teenagers
ELKHART, Ind.-Has your teenager ever dreamed of being a police officer? One police department in Michiana is opening up their doors today to any kids interested in law enforcement.
Elkhart Police are launching their “Police Explorer Program.”
The program is open to anyone from ages 14 to 19. Officers will give kids a glimpse into their everyday lives like police procedures, laws and training.
Kids will not only build leadership skills, self-confidence, discipline and decision-making abilities, but a stronger relationship with the men and women who protect their community.
“This gives us an avenue to get kids in that we can talk to about something that we're comfortable with and it gives the kids something new to learn,” said Sergeant Chris Snyder. “They can build that common trust to where they feel comfortable talking to the officers and the officers feel comfortable talking to them,” Snyder said.
Hands-on activities will also be a part of the program.
“We are going to utilize them for extra eyes and ears at special events,” Snyder said. “They will be able to come in, do ride-alongs with officers and see what it’s like out there in the real world for a police officer,” Snyder said.
The explorer program will be ongoing at the department. An informational meeting will be held Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Fraternal Order Police Lodge, 1003 Industrial Parkway in Elkhart.
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