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Calling all aspiring police officers

The St. Charles Police Department Explorer Program is accepting youth who may be interested in learning about the law enforcement career field. The program is for youth age 14 [must have completed the eighth grade] to age 20. Explorers are able to learn the various functions of daily policing techniques and how to serve the community, along with assisting in city functions.

The explorers meet year-round every other Monday at 6 p.m. at the St. Charles City Police Department, 1781 Zumbehl Road. During the meetings, explorers will have the opportunity to learn about community policing, traffic law, accident investigation, juvenile procedures, criminal law, officer safety and other law enforcement related topics.

Explorers are expected to hold a high attendance rate with the program including attendance at regularly scheduled meetings and pre-scheduled city functions. The explorers are also able to perform in ride-alongs with patrol officers, off-site training with other explorer posts, and team building exercises.

Uniforms are partly provided by the post [polo, dress shirt], and partly by the explorer [pants, belt, boots, etc.]. New explorers will attend meetings in business casual clothing for the first three meetings at which time uniforms may then be issued and required to wear at future meetings and/or training.

To be eligible, explorers must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 14 and 20, have no felony convictions, maintain at least a 2.0 GPA, pass a background check, have reliable transportation to and from meetings, have parental consent and signature on required paperwork, and be able and willing to dedicate time to the program.

For more information, call officer Kenny Enz at (314) 713-5317.

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