MSP seeks ap­pli­cants for Ex­plorer Youth Pro­gram

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Over the last sev­eral years, the Mary­land State Po­lice has proudly sup­ported an ex­plorer pro­gram for youth who are con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in law en­force­ment. “Ex­plor­ing” is a part of the Learn­ing for Life pro­gram founded through the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. This ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram wel­comes young men and women be­tween the ages of 14 and 20 who meet the el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments.

The pur­pose for the youth mem­ber­ship (re­ferred to as “ex­plor­ers”) is to de­velop lead­er­ship skills, pro­mote com­mu­nity in­volve­ment/ vol­un­teerism and pro­vide a hands-on ap­proach to law en­force­ment in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Ba­sic train­ing cur­ricu­lum in­cludes: his­tory of law en­force­ment, crim­i­nal law, ju­ve­nile law, re­port writ­ing, self­de­fense, traf­fic and crowd con­trol, ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ba­sic first aid and CPR, crime pre­ven­tion tech­niques, com­mu­nity/pub­lic re­la­tions and crim­i­nol­ogy.

As an ex­plorer, youth are held to a higher stan­dard and rep­re­sent the core values of the Mary­land State Po­lice; In­tegrity, Fair­ness and Ser­vice.

In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants are in­vited to at­tend a two-hour ori­en­ta­tion ses­sion at the Mary­land State Po­lice Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks, 311 Safety Dr., Cen­tre­ville. The ses­sion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 24.

Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants must have a min­i­mum high school cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age of 2.0 (to be main­tained), par­ent/guardian signed per­mis­sion and no prior con­vic­tions of crim­i­nal or se­ri­ous traf­fic of­fenses. Ap­pli­cants will also un­dergo a thor­ough back­ground re­view to as­sess char­ac­ter and in­tegrity. Ex­plor­ers are ex­pected to keep their body wight in pro­por­tion to height and main­tain a high level of phys­i­cal fit­ness.

Meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties are held pri­mar­ily on the Eastern Shore ap­prox­i­mately three to five times a month through­out the year. Ex­plor­ers that ex­cel in the pro­gram are el­i­gi­ble for pro­mo­tion to squad leader, as­sis­tant post com­man­der and post com­man­der.

Ques­tions or re­quired ori­en­ta­tion RSVP should be di­rected by email to mspex­o­plor­ers80@gmail.com or call Cpl. Travis Nel­son, 410-7581101. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the ori­en­ta­tion will be pro­vided af­ter the in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants RSVP.

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