Future Police Explorers attended their first Princeton Police Explorers class of the year Saturday.
The Police Explorers Program is a collaborative effort between Community Connections and the Bluefield and Princeton Police Departments. It aims to connect local youth with local law enforcement.
Saturday in Princeton, kids learned all about the gear police officers use like hand cuffs, bullet-proof vests and the inside of a police cruiser.
In the upcoming classes throughout the spring, kids learn about criminal investigation, K-9 units and the SWAT team.
Lt. Halsey, the instructor for the Princeton Police Explorers Program says if you missed the class on Saturday, you can still become a certified Police Explorer by attending the other classes.
The Bluefield Police Explorers Program begins next Saturday. Here’s a look at the schedules for both programs:
Princeton Police Explorers Schedule (1-2 pm)
- March 30: Patrol Division/Bike Patrol/Traffic
- April 13: Mystery Topic
- April 27: Criminal Investigation Division
- May 11: Mystery Topic
- May 25: SWAT/K9/Tactical Division
- June 8: After Party
Takes place at the Princeton PD substation on Mercer St.
Bluefield Police Explorers Schedule (1-2 pm)
- April 6: Distracted Driving
- April 20: Dangers of Addiction
- May 4: Suicide Prevention
- May 18: Mystery Topic
- June 1: After Party
Takes place at the Bluefield Parks & Recreation Department on Stadium Dr.