Explorer Post 1445
The Explorer Program enhances the relationship between the police department and youth residing in Elgin and surrounding communities. This program is affiliated with Boy Scouts of America, though both males and females are welcome. The program objectives are:
- Facilitate exposure to various criminal justice careers and positive interaction with law enforcement professionals.
- Provide hands-on experience and awareness of the criminal justice system, thereby helping Explorers make an informed decision regarding a career in law enforcement or related field.
- Serve the community by assisting the police department in a supplementary law enforcement and liaison capacity.
- Facilitate personal growth through building self-confidence, utilizing team work, engaging in challenging experiences, and setting high standards of performance and personal conduct.
- Enhance character development and improve physical and mental fitness.
- Learn responsibility to one's self and others through leadership.
The Executive Board and Youth Leadership Board members work dilligently to ensure the success of this program. The Executive Board consists of police department employees who are tasked with the overall responsibility for the program. Youth Leadership Board members consists of Explorers who have been appointed to post officer positions. They are provided with an opportunity to work in a managerial capacity and are required to set an example for post members.
Qualifications to Apply for Membership
- 14-years-of-age or older, younger than 21
- Live in Elgin or surrounding community
- Enrolled in a local academic institution
- Grade point average of a C or above
- No previous arrests or felony convictions; extenuating circumstances may be reviewed on a case by case basis
Membership Application Process
To apply for membership, the application packet must be completed and signed. The packet includes the Explorer application, terms, and a liability release waiver.
Applicants are required to undergo a thorough background check and an oral interview.
Explorers continuously receive training on the following, but not limited to: courtroom procedures, CPR certification, crime prevention, criminal law, fingerprinting, evidence collection, firearms training, patrol procedures, and report writing.
Meetings and Community Service Hours
Meetings are held at the police department every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Annually, all Explorers are expected to contribute 96 hours of volunteer time. Volunteer activities are coordinated by the police department. Activities may include special events, fingerprinting at community events, assistance at open houses, and police department projects.