UNION, NJ – The Union Police Explorers had the opportunity on Friday to visit the Union County Marine Unit at their dock and station located on the Arthur Kill waterway.

Captain Chris Debbie, Officer in Charge, and Captain Mogensen of the Union County Police Department organized the meeting of nine of the 11 Union Police Explorers and four Police Explorer Advisors with the Union County Marine Unit.

Lieutenant Moran and Corporal Almanzar of the Marine Unit spent time with the Explorers explaining their daily routines and what their role is in regard to homeland security, and demonstrated the use of various pieces of equipment.

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The Explorers went out on a Marine boat for a tour of the unit’s primary jurisdiction, including all waterways of Union County (Arthur Kill, Elizabeth River, Rahway River, Newark Bay, Port Elizabeth) and all lakes and rivers throughout the County. 

The Explorers learned how the Marine Unit plays a vital role in providing buffer zone protections at major petroleum facilities, bridges and pipelines operating in Union County and the Port of New York/New Jersey in partnership with other law enforcement agencies such as the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Patrol, New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau, NYPD Harbor Unit, and Port Authority Police Department.

“The Explorers had a great experience with the Marine Unit,” said Union Police Office Juan Vargas.  “It will be a memory they will have for a long time.  We thank the Union County Police Department for supporting the Union Police Explorer Program.”

The Union Explorers Program participants are high school students interested in law enforcement as a possible career.  Explorers receive training in CPR, traffic control, accident investigations, crime prevention, communications and assist the Township with community events.