Explorer Program Meeting Sunday

Explorer Program Meeting Sunday Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is holding a meeting this weekend for young people interested in a career in law enforcement.

Sheriff’s office is looking for applications for its Explorers Program and is holding an informational meeting for youth ages 15-21 years old on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. at the Stearns County Law enforcement Center.

Sheriff Steve Soyka says this is an excellent opportunity for youths.

“We’re teaching the kids some positive aspects. They get to see what real law enforcement is. It’s not all car chases and shootouts. It can be very mundane. You can ride around for ten hours and you so some traffic stops, and that’s about it.”

Sheriff Soyka says he started in this same program when he was young.

“I was an Explorer here, way back in the 80s, and stayed in law enforcement and now I’m the sheriff in Stearns County. We have several deputies that we’ve hired on or jail staff that were explorers.”

Those who participate will learn response tactics for everyday law enforcement calls, report writing, defensive tactics, and arrest protocol.

These skills are put to the test at several competitions across the state of Minnesota against other agencies who participate in the Explorers Program.

Members are also used to volunteer at community events by providing security, first aid, and traffic control.

Explorers are also allowed to participate in a ride-along with deputies and sit-along with dispatchers.The group meets every Sunday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. during the school year.

Interested youth are encouraged to attend the informational meeting with their parents or guardians.

To RSVP to attend, click here.

Stearns County started its Explores Program in 1976.

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