The Rotterdam Police Department explorer
program has been in effect since 1977. Currently it is under the
direction of Officer Kyle
Girard with the help of several advisors.
enforcement exploring is a learning for life, career and leadership
development program which gives youth insight into the skills and
techniques needed to succeed in life and as a police officer. The
program is supported by the Boy Scouts of America as well as the
Rotterdam Police Department. This specialty youth career oriented
program is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the
National Sheriff's Association. More than 2,800 police and sheriff's
departments have organized explorer posts specializing in law
explorers do not perform as police officers, they can provide
assistance in public service programs, such as crime prevention
programs. The explorers have the benefit of seeing first hand what
exactly the law enforcement profession entails and whether or not they
would like to pursue this as their chosen profession.The explorer
program targets youth in the ages of 14-20 with an interest in Law
Enforcement. The program gives a hands on look for young people about
the criminal justice and law enforcement areas.
Some of the duties of the explorers include
meetings, assisting court personnel, attend training on courses such as
traffic safety and police procedures. The explorers are allowed to sit
the desk at the communications center to get a first hands look at the
inner workings of the dispatch center. The explorers at the age of 16
are given an opportunity to ride along with police officers.
be a member, you must be 14 years old, have completed the 8th grade,
an 80 average in school and be in good standing in your community. For
information, you may call Officer Kyle Girard at
518-355-7331 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not e-mail requests for police patches, department policy prohibits responding to such inquiries.