Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Department of Safety and Security and its School Resource Officers have teamed up with the Boy Scouts of America to create a Law Enforcement Explorer Program. The co-ed program teaches students about careers in the law enforcement field. Membership is open to all currently enrolled Gwinnett County public high school students ages 14-20. Enrollees meet twice a month on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gwinnett School Police Headquarters located at 1229 Northbrook Center, Suite A, Suwanee. The next two meetings are January 17, 2017 and January 24, 2017.
Participants receive hands-on law enforcement training in a variety of areas including traffic stops, domestic violence, DUI investigations, and accident investigations from veteran police officers. They also will have the opportunity to compete in various police competitions around Georgia and the southeast. During the summer months members can attend an abbreviated 40-hour police academy.
Gwinnett County School Police Chief Wayne Rikard is excited about the partnership with the Boys Scouts of America. “The BSA organization has done an outstanding job administering this opportunity. It has been around for a long time and they provide invaluable assistance to us in organizing and recruiting for our program,” Chief Rikard said. “The program provides us an opportunity to interact and build positive relationships between law enforcement and the youth of our community. By building these relationships, we hope that our officers can provide a positive influence and role model for our students. It also allows participants to learn more about the law enforcement field in preparation for a possible career.”
The program will operate similar to a police department with members eligible to earn rank. Graduates of the program are expected to eventually take over the program with officers supervising and overseeing them. Trainees will have the option of competing in regional events against other Explorers from different police departments. One of the goals of the Explorer program is to help build positive community and police relationships as well as positively influence kids.
For more information contact Officer Joe Barnes at 678-512-6045, or you can also ask any Gwinnett Schools Resource Officer.