The Village of Algonquin, IL

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Police Explorer Program

The Algonquin Police Department is proud to participate in the Scouts of America’s "Law Enforcement Explorer Program." Since 2002, the Police Department has sponsored Explorer Post #104. 

The members of the Explorer Post are young adults, who aspire to pursue careers in law enforcement. Police Officer Advisers train and give guidance to the Explorers in all functions of the Algonquin Police Department. The Advisers generously donate their time, attending meetings at the Police Station every Thursday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Advisers also assist in the training and planning of future activities. Experienced Police Officers provide training in a variety of police related skills such as traffic accident investigations, handling domestic disputes, processing crime scenes, building searches, and arrest techniques.

In addition to their classroom training, the Explorers will ride in a squad car with a full-time Police Officer to mentor them so they can learn various police functions and assist the Officer in nonhazardous situations. They also have the opportunity to perform the Power Test and Ability Test which will prepare them for the future testing to become a full time Police Officer.

Our goal as a Post is to send a team of Explorers to attend a statewide or nationwide conference at which they participate in competitions, have the opportunity for developing new friendships, and learn valuable skills. Sworn officers judge the member’s knowledge of police procedures and their response to simulated police calls during the competitive phase.

The relationship between the Department and the Explorers directly benefits both the community and the individual Explorers. The community benefits through the hard work and volunteer activities of the Explorers, who provide a variety of public services to the community. For example, the Explorers assist sworn officers during the Village’s annual Founders’ Day Festival and other community outreach events.

The Explorer’s participation and training benefits them by providing an excellent foundation for careers in law enforcement and by enabling them to become more responsible citizens. Several former Post Members have gone on to become full-time Police Officers with Police Departments in the area.

In summary, the Algonquin Police Explorer Post continues to mature and evolve, making it an even more valuable asset to both the members and the community.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be between the ages of 14-21 years old (14 years old is acceptable only if you have graduated from eighth grade and are enrolled in High School);
  • Have Good Moral Character;
  • Remain in School while in the program or until graduation;
  • Maintain a "C" Average (70%) or higher;
  • Not have any serious police records or excessive moving violations;
  • Be able to attend weekly Explorer meetings;
  • Be willing to volunteer your time to attend Explorer functions;
  • Be willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional image of the Algonquin Police Department.

Any male or female young adults who meet these requirements are able to apply.

Contact Officer Michael Seegers at the Algonquin Police Department at 847-658-4531 or e-mail him at Mikes@Algonquin.org to request information about the Algonquin Police Department Explorer Post.