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I Am An Explorer
LAW ENFORCEMENT Exploring is a worksite-based program for youth ages 14 to 21, designed to give insights into a variety of career opportunities in the field. It is ...

I AM AN EXPLORER

Clif Smith

State of Washington

LAW ENFORCEMENT Exploring is a worksite-based program for youth ages 14 to 21, designed to give insights into a variety of career opportunities in the field. It is affiliated with Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life. About five years ago my dad went through our local police department’s Citizens Academy, and heard about the Explorers. It is a free program, and sounded interesting, so I got involved. Dad went on a “ride-along,” and I did, too. After that, I was hooked. Now I am 20 and currently the highest-ranking Explorer in our group. I supervise events, coordinate meetings and training, handle disciplinary action, assist new members with paperwork, and help in the efficient operation of our group of fourteen young adults.

One of our jobs is to assist with officer funerals. We provide additional perimeter and interior security, and help with putting up and taking down displays and such. At a recent funeral, the officer’s killer was still on the loose, so there was much more security than usual. We had bomb-sniffing dogs in the parking areas, and armed officers with the Explorers. Since I am a senior Explorer and was in full Class A uniform, I was stationed inside. The officer had been cremated, and after the service, Explorers helped form the honor guard as the urn was carried out by the family. Then we helped carry flowers to the reception hall.

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Before the service, some of the medics and firefighters had been talking about the suspect who had killed the officer. They had a description of the car he’d driven, and were told he might be trying to destroy it either by fire or ditching it in the water. After the service, I was with a group of officers who said the guy had been found and shot, but they didn’t know if he was dead or alive. It was just good to know he had been captured.

I thank God for the fact my dad went through the Citizens Academy, and that I learned about the Explorer program. Eventually I want to become a police officer working with Narcotics or the Gang Unit. Romans 13:1–6 says police officers are ordained by God, and that they are God’s ministers to do good. That’s the kind of career I want to have!

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