Police Foundation: Investing in the youth of our community …

While the Police Foundation’s primary mission is to insure that the men and women of our Palm Beach Gardens Police Department have the equipment, training and technology they need to keep us safe, we are also focused on community outreach and youth programs.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s Explorer Post is a youth program, in part funded by the Police Foundation, and we are very supportive of their efforts to offer the youth of the community an insight into the overall criminal justice system. “Law Enforcement Exploring” offers young adults a personal awareness through training, practical experiences, competition and other community activities. As a competitive group, the Explorers have won numerous awards and trophies all the way up to 1st place in overall competition. It is designed to promote character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

The program has served as a platform from which many young adults have launched a successful career with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Several of our Police Explorers have in fact become Police Officers here in Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach County.

As part of their training, our Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers recently participated in the “2017 Law Enforcement Challenge” held at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Under the close supervision of their Advisors, the Explorers took part in numerous different law enforcement competitive skills events that were judged by experienced Police Officers from within the three participating counties.

The competitive events involved typical scenarios that Police Officers encounter on a regular basis – domestic crisis intervention, building searches, high-risk traffic stops, mock disasters and more. They were also tested on their physical agility, professionalism and maturity.

Ten different Police Explorer Posts from Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie County participated in the challenge and the scoring and results will be announced at the upcoming Annual Explorer Awards Banquet.

In June, members of the Explorer Post will participate in the State competition to be held here in Palm Beach Gardens. They will compete against some thirty posts from across the State of Florida. This competition is hosted by the FBI National Academy and the Florida Association of Police Explorers and is a week-long event. Competition is fierce and taken very seriously by the individual teams. Final scores in some categories are only separated by small percentage points.

Our Police Explorers train throughout the year for these two competitive events. The training combines classroom activities and hands-on practical exercises all aimed at preparing these young adults for eventual entry into the police academy. Their advisors are dedicated, fully sworn Palm Beach Gardens Police Officers who bring a high level of commitment to the process.

The Police Foundation is proud to be a sponsor and supporter of this outstanding youth program and of the young men and women of our community who are contemplating a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.

Remember, it takes a community effort to keep us safe. For more information on the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation or to make a donation, please visit our website at http://www.pbgpf.org/donate or call the Foundation office at 561 799-4440.

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