The Law Enforcement Explorer Program provides opportunities for teenagers, commonly known as cadets, with a chance to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement. The most common benefit cadets provide to officers is the extra set of eyes and ears during patrol duties.
Each cadet wears a uniform and is required to accompany a full-time police officer or communications officer a minimum of eight (8) hours each month. Cadets also provide assistance, such as traffic control at parades, and serve as counselors at the Safety Town summer recreation program.
Prior to becoming a law enforcement explorer, candidates participate in an interview and a brief background investigation prior to being accepted into the program. Recruit cadets also attend some basic training which familiarizes them with the entire operation of the Pierre Police Department. The recruit cadets who pass all stages of the selection and training process are then issued their uniforms and equipment.
If you know a high school student who is between 14 and 20 years of age who has maintained a C grade point average and doesn't have a serious criminal record, becoming a law enforcement explorer may be an excellent stepping stone experience for a young person who is considering entering into a law enforcement career.
If you would like more information about the Pierre Area Law Enforcement Explorer Program, feel free to contact a School Resource Officer.