Police Explorers

Program Builds Confidence & Character
 
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Edison Explorer Post # 215 captured three (3) trophies at the recent 2005 Southern New Jersey Explorer Competition which was held at the Vineland Police Department
 
They meet Tuesday evenings in the Stelton Community Recreational Center. They receive instruction in the various aspects of police science and wear uniforms according to the ranks they have earned. They also perform many voluntary community services. They are the members of the Edison Police Explorers Post # 215.
 

There are a variety of Explorer posts across the nation. Computer Explorers, High Adventure (hiking, climbing, diving, etc.) Explorers, Fire Science Explorers, Community Explorers, and Police Explorers are but a few. All are affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and abide by that organization's guidelines and regulations. Membership is open to males and females between 14 and 21 years of age.

According to Detective Michael Loreti of the Edison Police Department, Post 215 was organized in 1982 after a young man who had belonged to a Police Explorer group elsewhere asked Lieutenant Carol Renda - Whalen (presently retired from the department) and Sergeant George Berrue if they would help start one in the Edison area. Whalen agreed to take on the responsibility, and with the assistance of other officers serving as advisors, the Post has been serving Edison's youth and community for the past 23 years.

Detective Loreti added that being an Explorer enables those who are considering a career in law enforcement to get a realistic idea of what such work entails. Law enforcement agencies are familiar and aware of the work that the Explorers perform and it strengthens their credentials and resumes. The things that you learn as an Explorer can be applied to everyday life. You learn to handle people and situations in a much more effective manner.

Throughout the year the Explorers receive class instruction on various aspects of police work from members of the department who volunteer their time and expertise. Classes include: police safety procedures, motor vehicle stops, CPR / first aid,

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January 25, 2005: Living History w/ Civil War Re-enactors (3rd & 13th N.J. Volunteer Infantry). Discussed N.J.’s role in the Civil War & what it was like to be a soldier during this time period

crime scene investigation, traffic & pedestrian safety, crime prevention techniques, traffic accident investigation, firearms training, report writing, handcuffing, narcotics detection & familiarization, executive protection and self-defense tactics.

 
In addition to their police training, Explorers participate in many community service projects such as the March of Dimes Walk America, the St. James Church Food Pantry, traffic control duties at the Belmar St. Patrick's Day Parade, Edison Family Day, The Fall Festival of Fireworks, canister distribution for the National Multiple-Sclerosis Society, Piscatawaytown Burial Ground Spring & Fall Clean-ups, and the Bike Tour of Edison.

Explorers also participate in multiple community policing and crime prevention programs run by the Edison Police Department. The Explorers engage in patrol duties at the Menlo Park Mall Police Substation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. They also participate in the department's Halloween Trick-or-Treat program in which they ride along with police officers and distribute candy to the trick-or-treaters. During the candy distribution, police officers and Explorers offer Halloween safety tips to the community.

Some of the Explorers also serve as Instructors with the Youth Junior Police Academy. Post members also earn certificates and proficiency awards in both police science and community service.

A certified Police Explorers Post is open to all Edison youth between the ages of 14 - 21. The program is administered by officers from the Edison Police Department. To learn more, call Detective Michael Loreti at 732-248-7431 or via email.

A certified Police Explorers Post is open to all Edison youth between the ages of 14 - 21. The program is administered by officers from the Edison Police Department. To learn more, call Detective Michael Loreti at 732-248-7461 or via email.