The world of Police Explorers is about to be available to Hood County youths once again.
Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mel Boschwitz said she will be the post advisor when the group re-forms sometime in November after being dormant for more than a year.
Police Explorers, a non-scouting branch of the Boy Scouts of America, is for kids as young as 4, up to young adults age 20. The Hood County program began in 2011.
An information booth promoting Police Explorers is scheduled to be set up at today’s Community Appreciation Day event at the Granbury City Park, Boschwitz said.
Boschwitz said that the Police Explorers can be a first step for a young person who is considering a career in law enforcement or becoming a first responder.
“We’ll have projects where they’ll be given leadership roles. They can learn what cops do,” she said, but added, “But it’s not just for kids who want to be cops, but they are interested in what police work is all about.”
Those who join will be able to speak to patrol officers as well as detectives, Boschwitz said. Explorers will also have a chance to ride along with officers on the job. Topics to be covered will include crime scenes, traffic stops, felony arrests and other topics, Boschwitz explained.
No date has been set for the first organizational meeting to re-establish the Hood County Police Explorers, which will include a meet-and-greet for the parents and students, Boschwitz said.
The Police Explorers will meet after school, once or twice per week. There will be small fees, and members will be required by buy Explorer uniforms, Boschwitz added.
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