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The Powder Springs Police Department's Explorer Post 145 was started in 1986 and is mandated by the Boy Scouts of America. The Explorer's Program is for boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 20 who have interest in law enforcement and may be seeking a career in a related field. The Explorers meet twice a month.
Each Explorer has the opportunity to advance their rank through enthusiasm, attendance and overall participation in the program. Several Explorer alumni have obtained law enforcement careers or have made great impressions on college applications with letters addressed from the Chief of Police and city officials.
People Who Join
The young people who join the Police Department's Explorer program gain valuable leadership skills while being taught responsibility for others in their community. This is accomplished while having fun in a supportive atmosphere where self-discipline is encouraged.
The Explorers are educated in law enforcement topics such as police ethics, traffic accident investigations, issuing tickets, public relations and how to direct traffic. The Explorers also have specialized units such as Bike Patrol on the trails, Honor Guard and S.E.R.T. (Special Explorer Response Team). S.E.R.T. competes biannually in local and out of state competitions. Additional training includes paintball and repelling.
The Police Department has an Explorer "Ride-Along" program. The Explorers also participate twice a month as bailiffs in the Powder Springs Municipal Court proceedings.
On special occasions such as parades or holiday events the Explorers play a main role as additional support for the Police Department. Explorers are issued uniforms representing their units and the Police Department.
Training & Contact
Explorer training is organized by Officer Corey Dilbeck.