BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP-- The Bordentown Township Police Department is looking for local students to join their Explorer Post program.
The program, which is in its second year in the BTPD, is designed to give young adults the opportunity to experience the daily operations of law enforcement and explore a future career in the field. The program runs throughout the school year, from September to June.
The Explorers Program is based on the idea to introduce members to the different aspects of police work. Explorers learn about the history of policing in the United States, criminology, criminal investigation, routine and high-risk motor vehicle stops, vehicle searches, personal defense and defensive tactics, handcuffing, K9 units, detective duties including fingerprinting and latent prints, building searches, and firearm safety and operation.
Program participants are also engaged in team building and motivational exercises that emphasize physical fitness, situational awareness, problem solving and memory building.
“Our program is designed to bridge the gap between the police department and our youth and introduce them to the job of law enforcement,” said BTPD Sergeant Christopher Burns, who is coordinating the program. “We hope that we can leave a positive impact on their lives and provide them with tools and knowledge that they can use in their future endeavors,” he said.
Interested applicants must be between 14 and 20 years old, a resident of Bordentown Township or Bordentown City, or is a current student in the Bordentown Regional School District, have no criminal background or school disciplinary record, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
The BTPD hopes to have the first Explorers meeting in September, COVID-19 pending.
Students who are interested in applying for the Explorer program are encouraged to reach out to Sergeant Burns at (609) 298-4300, Extension 2132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.