POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
The Toledo Police Explorers Post #2028 gives youth an ongoing after school program. It gives hands on experience into law enforcement and related fields of interest. All of the training is in accordance with guidelines established by the Toledo Police Department. There are six main areas of experience. They are career, social, service, leadership, fitness and outdoor. The youth and advisors meet twice a month along with other program the youth might get involved with such as youth fingerprinting and Safety City presentations. It is geared to young people ages 14 to 21 years of age. The Explorers wear uniforms and pay a modest monthly dues. These young people get to learn about law enforcement and in so doing obviously learn the ramifications of violence and all that it effects.
2. When was the program created and why?
The program was started prior to 1984 and was answer to young people needing after school activities and wanting to learn about law enforcement from those that are professionals in the field. By giving these youth a structured and supervised activity that not only instructs them in areas of their interest but also gives them a personnel view of how violence is dealt.
3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?
Youth's involvement and furthering of their studies in the field is one measure of success. Number of youth participating and their continued involvement with the program also assists in determining the effectiveness of the program.
4. How is the program financed?
The program is financed through donations, fund raisers and dues.
5. How is the community involved with the program?
There are three Toledo Police Officers that are advisors. Additionally, there are three civilian and one retired officer that are associate advisors. Parents are encouraged to participate. These advisors work with the youth and give them the chance to learn hands on some techniques used by law enforcement. They also deal with issues that law enforcement must deal with on a regular basis.
6. What are the major lessons learned from the program?
This program does involve uniforms, travel for competitions with other Explorer posts and costs associated with the actual program. Examples might be gas for driving practice, ammunition costs and study materials to name a few. Be prepared to budget funds for the program because it is more difficult signing youth up if they are told by associates that is expensive or one big fund raiser after another to have a decent program.
The make up of law enforcement, retired law enforcement and civilian advisors appears to be a workable mix provided all parties can agree on the programs goals.
7. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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