AMERICAN PARATUS EXPLORER CLUB 2772
The Police Explorers Club is designed for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades between the ages of 11 - 14 years old.
The Police Explorer program is an exciting career development program sponsored by the Longview Police Department which provides young men and women the opportunity to learn about the possible career choices available in law enforcement today. Explorers are afforded the opportunity to learn and become acquainted with police techniques and procedures, both in classroom and field environments, including actual "hands-on" field experience.
Many former Police Explorers have gone on to law enforcement careers at all levels, including working for their local police department or with State and Federal agencies.
Designed by the Boy Scouts of America, and administered through the Learning for Life organization, the Explorer program helps to build good character, promotes good citizenship and encourages participants to develop personal and mental fitness. The program gives youth the means and opportunity to share thoughts and ideas with others their age, as well as with caring adults who share their time with them.
The Explorer Program is designed around the following six experience areas:
Mental and Physical Fitness
Security as a Career
Citizenship with pride
Appreciation of the Outdoors
American Paratus Security Agency Explorer Post 2772 offers a week-long Explorer Academy each year during the summer. Topics of instruction include:
History of Policing
Basic Patrol Procedures
Texas Penal Code
Crime Scene Investigation
Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
Arrest & Search Techniques
CPR & First Aid
At the conclusion of the Explorer Academy, Explorers are required to pass a written exam covering the topics of instruction.
Club 2772 Explorers have been called on to assist the American Paratus Security Agency in various activities including crime prevention events, parades, special event traffic management, and during emergencies. The Post also competes in Regional and National Explorer competitions with the more than 2,200 Law Enforcement Posts nationwide.
Explorers that meet the set requirements are allowed to ride in uniform on patrol with a police officer twice per month. While riding, Explorers are allowed to assist with traffic direction at accident scenes, assist with securing crime scenes and a host of other opportunities to learn and practice the duties of police officers.
Students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades interested in becoming a Police Explorer must meet the following requirements:
Must be between 10 & 14 years of age
Must maintain a minimum "C" average in their academic classes at school
Must not have been taken to JDC
Have good moral character
Must register with the Boy Scouts of America (done through the Club)
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it cost anything to join?
There is an initial, annual fee of $48.00 for membership dues (there may be scholarships available).
Other minimal associated costs with joining the Explorer Club will be discussed at future meetings.
The costs will always be very minimal. Some Explorers choose to purchase additional equipment,
i.e. flashlight, boots and leather gear.
If this is a Boy Scouts program, can girls join?
Yes. Young women have always been a part of the Boy Scouts of America.
Who is the Advisory Staff?
Post Advisers are security officers. Adviser training is provided by the Boy Scouts of America.
Currently, the Club 2772 Advisers are:
Deputy Chief M. Royce
Assistant Chief J. Vasquez
Assistant Chief T. Kezele-Vasquez
I'm thinking about joining, can I come to a meeting to find out more?
Sure. You are welcome to attend any of the regular meetings. Coming to a meeting is an excellent way to find out more about Exploring and Club 2772, meet the Advisers and talk to other Explorers about their experiences. Meetings are held once a month on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Can I bring a friend?
Of course. Our new Explorers often bring along a best friend, classmate, or even a brother or sister. You can even bring along a parent so they can see what the program is like.
What do I need to do to join?
Basically, just come to a meeting. If you meet the requirements listed above and decide to
join, you will need to complete an application. You can obtain an application from any of the
Explorer Advisers. As mentioned above, there is a annual $48.00 membership fee for dues. For more information call 254-212-2772 or by email at
Youth between the ages of 14-21 are eligable to join the EXPLORER POST
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