WOLCOTT POLICE EXPLORER UPDATE: 01/22/2017
Please be advised that Off. Jose Diaz of the Waterbury Police Department (Program Coordinator for the Waterbury Explorer Post) has confirmed that the Waterbury Police Explorers Post 4141 can accommodate any Wolcott Explorers and recruits to join their program. Effective immediately.
A big thank you to Off. Diaz and the Waterbury program for assisting our Wolcott Explorers while we transition our program. We apologize for any inconveniences and will continue to provide updates on any program changes through our Facebook and Website social media outlets.
Please check the Waterbury Explorer website for meeting times and updates:
Wolcott Police Explorer Post 1414
Identity and Mission Statement
This organization shall be known as the Wolcott Police Explorer Post 1414, sponsored by the Wolcott Police Department in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Program. This organization was established in 2009 and is a community oriented non-profit organization. All funds received by this organization are used for the education of its members and to provide equipment that the post needs to function. This program operates under the direction of several sworn police officers and civilian advisors.
The primary mission of this program is to expose young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 to the field of law enforcement. This program will do the following:
- Give insight into police work
- Provide a positive alternative to negative influences such as drug abuse and gang involvement
- Develop responsible youth
- Encourage academic excellence
- Develop leadership skills
- Promote teamwork and volunteerism
Participants will work with both civilians and sworn officers of the Wolcott Police Department. The program is designed to give them a realistic overview of law enforcement so that they can make an informed decision as to whether or not they want to pursue law enforcement as a career. Explorers will be given both classroom instruction and be required to participate in physical exercises. Qualified personnel will give all instruction in a strictly controlled environment.
Some recent Explorer Post classroom instruction includes the following topic areas:
- Arrest & Control
- Patrol Procedures
- Emergency Medical Response – First Aid & CPR
- Building Searches
- M/V enforcement & Accident Investigation
- CT Police Academy training videos
Some recent Explorer activities include:
- Police escorted “Ride Along”
- Assist the police at the Wolcott Fairgrounds
- Traffic assignments
- Grant funded youth symposium
- Assist Police patrol at the Lions Club Winter Wonderland
- Explorer presence to assist patrol at the Wolcott High School Cheerleading Competition
- Officer of the Year dinner banquet
- Marched with the WPD Color Guard at the Memorial Day Parade
The Explorer Code
“As an Explorer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength and traditions of our people. I will therefore be faithful in my religious dutiesand will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life. I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it. I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and good will in my daily life. I will acquire the Explorer attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.”
To be considered for membership in the Wolcott Police Explorers Post 1414, an applicant must be between the ages of 14 and 21 for a senior.
Prior to acceptance to the post, all prospective applicants must attend a minimum of three (3) consecutive meetings to determine their degree of interest in the law enforcement field. This is a required part of the application process.
- After application approval by the Executive Board of Explorer Post 1414, the applicant will become an Explorer or Junior Trainee for a period of at least three (3) months. The trainee must attend a minimum of (1) one activity each month. Upon successful completion of the designated probationary period, the Explorer Trainee shall appear before the Executive Board, and upon approval by the Executive Board, and at least one advisor be accepted as a full fledge member of the Wolcott Police Explorers Post 1414 at the rank of Private.
- All explorers are required to maintain at least a C average while in middle or high school. Members that are in college are also encouraged to maintain a C average. Failure to maintain a C average for any one (1) marking period may result in an explorer being placed on probation, suspended or terminated from the post if deemed appropriate by the Executive Board & the post advisors. Post members in middle and high school will provide a copy of their reportcards to the head advisor every marking period during the school year. Failure to turn in a report card every marking period may result in disciplinary action being taken against the explorer.
- Have parental approval, which includes signatures by the Explorer and his/her parents on and the post by-laws agreement form at the end of this document.
- Be of good health.
- Be of good moral habits with no arrest or conviction records for serious or violent offenses including crimes of moral turpitude
- Attend 75% of all meetings and training prior to a competition in order to compete.
- Attend 50% of all related functions every month failure to do so may result in termination from the program.
- Membership will be limited to a total not to exceed 50 members
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