The Garden City Police Department (GCPD) will host a recruitment event for the new Law Enforcement Explorer program on Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons Area at Garden City High School. Pizza will be served during the event.
The program, in collaboration with the Boy Scouts of America, is intended to improve community relations, enhance workforce development in law enforcement and instill new skill sets in its participants.
The program is geared toward students ages 14 to 21 and will include leadership opportunities for those who complete an eight-week basic training component. After basic training, participants will meet every other Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as they gain hands-on police experience, compete with other program participants across the state and assist the GCPD with day-to-day operations that would include ride-alongs with officers. The program will officially begin May 18.
The program will require an application process. Participants also will be required to maintain a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher if they are enrolled in school. Others will be required to show that they are gainfully employed.
Under the supervision of advisors, participants will be given opportunities to act as sergeants and captains in what would ultimately be a microcosm of the police department, gaining hands-on field and administrative experience in the process.