BELMAR, NJ — Individuals age 14 to 21 who are interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice are invited to join the Belmar Police Explorer Post 91. 

The volunteer program provides participants with the opportunity to experience the daily operations and internal functions of a police department. In addition, it also introduces them to the required skills that are necessary in fulfilling the duties of a police officer. 

In addition to being provided with an introduction to law enforcement, members receive basic instruction in various phases of law enforcement, including patrol procedures, traffic and crowd control, accident and criminal investigation, vice and narcotics, fingerprinting and crime lab techniques, among a host of other topics.

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While Police Explorers assist in such community activities as the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Belmar Seafood Festival, as well as major events in Monmouth County, including the New Jersey Marathon in Long Branch and the Monmouth County Fair in Freehold.

After completing a three-month probationary period, qualified Explorers can participate in its Ride-A-Long Program, where they observe street-level police work on a first-hand basis, providing them with a working knowledge of the field of law enforcement.

All uniforms and training materials are provided at no cost. College scholarships also are available.

Belmar Explorer Post 91 members are expected to attend all regular scheduled meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Belmar police headquarters, 601 Main Street. They also must remain in school and maintain a minimum grade "C" average in school.

The post was resurrected this fall by Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer after becoming inactive for at least five years.

For more information, visit the Belmar website by clicking here, or contact police officer Nichole Hawkins (nhawkins@belmarpd.com), Kevin Marron (kmarron@belmarpd.com) or Timothy Yee (tyee@belmarpd.com), or call the police department at 732-681-1700, ext. 511.

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