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Explorer program teaches kids to be cops

The Truckee Police Department is starting a Police Explorer program for youths ages 14 to 20 who are interested in learning more about careers in law enforcement.

Cmdr. Scott Berry of the Truckee Police Department said police explorer programs expose participants to many aspects of law enforcement and the judicial system, and can help young people decide if they are interested in pursuing a career in these fields.

“That’s how I found out that this is what I wanted to do,” Berry said of his own experience in a police explorer program.

Police explorers also gain leadership experience and life skills, learn about providing service to others, making ethical choices and fulfilling one’s responsibility to society as a whole.

Participants in the program can expect to attend monthly training and skills development sessions, volunteer their time at special events within the Truckee community, go on ride alongs with police officers and have the chance to compete in regional and statewide police explorer competitions.

In the past, both the California Highway Patrol and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office have sponsored police explorer programs for youth in the Truckee area; however, the CHP recently lost its funding for the program.

Cmdr. Berry hopes to be able to pick up the kids from the CHP program as well as a number of new kids from the community who are interested in learning more about the police department.

“We’re trying to provide an experience for young people to learn about the law enforcement profession,” Berry said. “We want to let them know there is a lot of satisfaction in the service you provide.”

Interested 14 to 20-year-olds in the Truckee area should plan to attend the first police explorers meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Truckee Police Department at 10183 Truckee Airport Road.

For more information about the program, contact Cmdr. Scott Berry of the Truckee Police Department at 550-2330 or via e-mail at sberry@townoftruckee.com.

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