BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s Police Explorers Program is making a comeback.

Open to youths ranging in age from 11 to 20, the program will provide participants with the opportunity to explore careers in law enforcement and public safety. It kicked off with an informational session on September 21 at the Belmar Municipal Building.

Discussion focused on how the program will delve into the roles and responsibilities of Belmar’s first responders, including the police department, fire department, emergency medical services, beach patrol and water rescue team, as well as other public safety programs.

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While there will be an Explorers post for 14- to 20-year-olds, a club for 11- to 13-year-olds will also be established. Parents are welcome to serve as volunteers to assist in the program, which is open to both Belmar and Lake Como residents.

“Police Explorers learn leadership, life skills, character education, service learning and participate in hands-on career activities,” said Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman in a letter to residents. “The Belmar Police Explorers Program will not only be educational, but enjoyable as well.”

In addition to visiting the Belmar Police Department, First Aid Squad building and three firehouses, participants will tour the New Jersey State Police Museum in Ewing, Monmouth County Police Academy in Freehold and Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell.

While it was a popular program for many years, the Belmar Police Explorers became inactive at least five years ago. Its rebirth is due in large part to the efforts of Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer, a former borough police officer, whose election platform last year included reinstituting the program.

Police Sgt. Todd Lee is supervising the revised program, assisted by police officers Nichole Hawkins, Timothy Yee and Kevin Marron. Borough Councilman Tom Carvelli serves as liaison.

For more information, contact Sgt. Lee at tlee@belmarpd.com or 732-681-1700 ext. 511.

This is the second police-related initiative implemented by the new Republican-led governing body since taking office in January. This summer, it launched a community policing program.

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