What is Exploring?
Exploring is a program for young adults (ages 14-21) who want to learn more about careers by visiting working settings, talking with professionals, and actually trying out certain work activities. The Exploring Program is affiliated with Learning for Life and each group plans their own activities around the interests of its members.
What is Appleton Post 9925 About?
Appleton Police Explorer Post 9925 has been in existence for more than 22 years. The post has received numerous awards, including being named the outstanding Explorer Post of the Year. The Explorers in the Post are provided with opportunities to learn about careers in law enforcement through classroom instruction as well as through hands-on experience.
How do the Explorers Learn about Law Enforcement?
Training and information is provided by professionals working in the field of law enforcement at the Explorer meetings. Explorers assist the Appleton Police Department by providing services such as traffic direction and crowd control at major community events. Perhaps the activity the Explorers like best is the ride-along program, where the Post members actually ride with Appleton Police Officers during the course of their regular patrol duties. Explorers find out first hand what police work is really like.
What do Explorers do?
The Explorers plan their activities to give the members a variety of experiences. The emphasis is on vocational experiences, but social activities are also an important part of the program. Following are some examples of the things you might do as a member of Post 9925:
- Ride with a police officer on patrol
- Learn about criminal justice and police science programs
- Make simulated traffic stops and train in many different types of police related business
- Direct traffic at Oktoberfest, sidewalk sales, and other major community events
- Attend many Police Exploring Competitions, including the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference