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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


On May 3, 2014, twenty two members of the Hartford Police Explorer Program  competed in the Connecticut Cadet Stations Day Completion at POSTC (CT Police Academy) located in Meriden, CT.  Stations Day is a one day competition where Explorer/Cadet Programs from all over Connecticut and  New England area compete. Explorers/Cadets use the skills they have learned during their weekly classes to respond to different scenarios as if they were the officer on scene. This year Hartford Explorers won seven awards in the following events:

1st place:
Domestic Disputes
Suspicious Person
Tactical Response,

2nd Place:
Building Search
MV Stop
Male Physical Agility
Female Physical Agility.

The Hartford Police Explorer Program is for youth residing in Hartford, from the ages of 14-21 years old, and who have an interest in pursuing a career in Law Enforcement. The Explorer Program currently has 35-40 active members that participate each week.  The Explorers Program has classes every Sunday, from 1000 – 1300 hrs, that is held at the PAL building located at 50 Williams Street, Hartford, CT.

The Hartford Police Explorer Program provides hands on career training in the Law Enforcement Field, build life skills, leadership skills, provide personal fitness and community service. The Hartford Police Department has many current and past officers who were successful members of our Explorer program.

The Explorer's program is a great way of recruiting future Hartford Police Officers from the ranks of City youth. Unfortunately both the Explorer program and the HPD Cadet program are taking budget hits this year. This comes back to the old saying "penny wise and pound foolish" As you can see from the awards listed above, these are Hartford's youth who are already fine tuning their Law Enforcement skills and potentially can be a huge asset to the future ranks of the Hartford Police Department.

Congratulations on your efforts

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kevin, what I great story this is. I have seen these young men & woman at city functions working hard. If I recall they were represented by Police Officers who work in the program part time & also serve our city full time as Street Officers. It's great to see how these Officers are building a relationship with our community youth.