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Explorers investigate more than police careers Robert Parkinson, 20, a Maryville University student and O’Fallon Police Explorer, has always known that he wanted to be a cop. A 5-year Explorer veteran, Parkinson said he initially joined the program to get his foot in the door and make sure police work was really for him. Now, Parkinson said he wants to pursue a law enforcement career as a K-9 officer. “Every now and then we’d have the K-9 officers come in and talk to the Explorers,” Parkinson said. “It fascinated me right away.” Zach Koch, 17, has been with the O’Fallon ...

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