The Elberton Police Department is gearing up in anticipation of its Police Explorer program.
Heading up the program this year is Special Operations Officer Sgt. Macon Clark talks about the benefits of the program.
“They do regional and national competitions and earn college scholarships to help them further their career, or it gives them a jump start to get somebody started in the career in law enforcement”, said Clark. “I know that is how I got started out with the Hartwell Police Department. It is just an excellent opportunity to help out with the community and learn about law enforcement.”
In order to participate in the program, kids must be between the ages of 14-21 and must have completed the eighth grade.
Sgt. Clark says there is no limit on the amount of participants that he will accept.
“I’ll take as many kids as I can, what many don’t realize is it’s the kids that are the future of our community, and we are trying to reach out to them to further better them and their education”, said Clark. “We also want to improve their outlook on the community and law enforcement in general.”
The program hasn’t had as much participation the last few years, but Clark says he is looking forward to jump starting the explorer program this year.
His plan is to get the program up and running within the next couple of months.
Those interested in participating can go by the Elberton Police Department located beside Elberton City Hall and pick up an application, or you can contact the Elberton Police Department for more information about the program at (706) 213-3130.