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Posted on: January 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Arlington Police Department Launches Police Explorers Program

The Arlington Police Department is looking for young men and women ages 14-21 to participate in a newly forming Arlington Police Explorers program. Anyone 14 years old must have completed 8th grade. Potential participants must be currently enrolled in high school or a higher learning establishment with a minimum GPA of 2.5 GPA is required. Exceptions can be made for those aged 18-21 on a case by case basis.

The Explorer Program will provide its members with training and experience needed to determine whether to pursue a career in law enforcement, emergency services, or criminal justice. Many members of local law enforcement agencies got their start as an explorer.

Explorers have many opportunities to apply the training they receive. Members can volunteer at community events doing security work, directing traffic, fingerprinting small children, and assisting with crime prevention programs. Members also learn first hand how police do their jobs. Police officers and detectives with special skills are invited to meetings to explain how the Arlington Police Department investigates cases.

An open house for the program will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in the Commons at Arlington High School. Information on the program and how to sign up will be available during the open house.

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