The Suffolk Police Department has re-launched its Explorers program designed for young people interested in areas related to law enforcement or criminal justice.
“This program, in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, provides young adults with a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, hands-on experience, competition, and other activities.” Acting Police Chief Al Chandler said as he presented the program to City. Council meeting on July 21. “In addition, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.”
The program, in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America, is aimed at students in grades six through the age of 20, and the 10 people in the program will be part of the Explorer Post 124. This is the first for the department for about 20 years, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Chandler thanked City Council for funding her recovery.
They have already met for one-on-one interviews, received uniforms and equipment, read the oath of honor and met the three former explorers, Lt. Gary Myrick, the crime scene investigator’s supervisor. Julissa Armstrong and Staff Sgt. Herman Kee.
“We are indeed delighted to be reinstating extension 124, and especially delighted with this incredible group of young people to work with,” said Chandler. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to work with the future of our city. And we are grateful to have alumni of the Explorer Policing programs who are now seasoned professionals within our department. “
Myrick, Armstrong and Kee “jumped at the opportunity to offer young people the same and wonderful opportunity that has led to them having a long, well-decorated and successful career in law enforcement.”
Lauren Howell and Anthony Stewart, regional representatives of the Boy Scouts of America, were also present at the presentation.
Deputy Mayor Leroy Bennett said he spoke to City Manager Al Moor about the reinstatement of the program, and recalled that Myrick and Kee were still in the police department and had been part of the Explorer program. Bennett said he was delighted with his return.
“I know there are some good current products that are coming from the explorers,” Bennett said. “So they got to share a lot, I’m sure with all of you, about what explorers are and what future you might have with this great city. “
Mayor Mike Duman also shared his enthusiasm for restarting the program.
“I look forward to having local officers in the force here soon. So we’ll be there for the pinning of your badge, ”said Duman.