Mesa Police Explorer Program Put on Hold

March 20, 2014

After much discussion, the Mesa Police Department Explorer program has been suspended due to manpower and funding issues. The Mesa Police Department Explorer Post #2055 works with young men and women between the ages of 14-18 years old who are interested in a career in law enforcement. Explorers have weekly meetings and assist officers at department and community events around the city and state. They also participate in local and regional competitions against other Explorer Posts.

Our Explorer Post began in 1969 and has been very successful over the years in working with young adults with a law enforcement interest. Several current and past police officers were explorers in their younger years. The program is part of the "Learning for Life" series that works with young adults in a number of different career fields. There are currently 23 young men and women in the program. With only one full-time police officer available to oversee the program, it has been difficult to maintain adequate supervision to ensure the program runs safely and efficiently for the youths. Police officers with various other assignments around the department have been helping fill in as advisors at training and events, when their day to day assignment allowed.

The second issue hurting the program was a steady and consistent funding stream. The Post is mostly self-sustaining through fund-raising events and donations from the community. As budgets have remained tight, maintaining funds for training, equipment, travel to events and other needs has become increasingly difficult. The unfortunate decision was made to suspend the program for now in attempts to build a better program for tomorrow. The model for the new program would ensure that the youths are well-funded and have more supervision and parental involvement. Make no mistake, this decision is strictly about good kids who have been doing great things. We hope for nothing more than to continue that proud tradition in the future.

 

 

 

Mesa Police Department
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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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