Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office offering law enforcement explorer program for teens
After 15 years, a local sheriff's office is bringing back a popular program for the youth, and providing them hands on experience of what it's like to work in law enforcement. The first meeting was held this evening for the new program and it's giving young people an opportunity to make their dreams a reality.
"I want to be one of the best officers in the world really," said Branon Powers.
Branon Powers is just one of many high schooler's anxious to begin training as an explorer for the Wicomico County Sherriff's Office.
"It allows the youth to give them one something to do, it gives them something to work for and for those that are motivated to be apart of this program it can show them some real interesting not only behind the scenes stuff here in law enforcement but just a truth in what really goes on," said Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Tim Robinson.
After 15 years the sheriff's office is re-establishing its law enforcement explorer program that gives kids ranging from ages 14 to 21, a chance to explore career opportunities in the law enforcement field.
"We actually have one deputy here who works in our office who was a member of the explorer program in the early 2000s and he came here as a dispatcher and he is now also still here as a deputy and he also is going to be intrical in this revamped explorer program," said Robinson.
Explorers will get hands on experience varying from ride along's with deputies,public relations work, traffic stops, and other elements of policing.
"I want to get a taste of law enforcement I've had some experience and I'd like to expand my experience and go futher into law enforcement becasue I want to be a law enforcement officer myself," said Powers.
Robinson say's even if you aren't interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, it's still something positive to add to your resume, but it also gives you the opportunity to give back to your community.
"We're just excited about helping to help have a program here where our youth can learn about law enforcement and where they can help be apart of this great organization and they can also help give back to something here in Wicomico County," said Robinson.
The Wicomico County Sheriff's office will hold its next explorers meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd, and they are still looking for members to join. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining you can contact the sheriff's office at 410-548-4891.