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About Police Exploring

   Exploring is Learning For Life's career education program for young men and women who are between the ages of 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) and up until their 21st birthday.  Advisors are selected by the Gardner Police Department for involvement in the program.  Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship are not criteria for participation.

    Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare then to become responsible and caring adults.  Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

    The Gardner Police Explorers are based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the Gardner Police Department.  Departments or agencies initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.  The result is a program of activities that help youth pursue their interest in law enforcement and let it grow and develop.

Exploring's Five Areas of Emphasis

Leadership Experience

    -    Developing leadership skills to fulfill our responsibilities in society
    -    Providing exposure to different leadership traits

Career Opportunities

    -    Developing potential contacts that may broaden employment options
    -    Boosting self-confidence and experiencing success at school and work

Life Skills

    -    Developing physical and mental fitness
    -    Experiencing positive social interaction

Service Learning

    -    Encouraging the skill and desire to help others
    -    Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others

Character Education

    -    Helping make ethical choices
    -    Fullfilling one's responsibility to society as a whole

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Gardner Police Explorers to:

    -    Gain practical experience in law enforcement
    -    Engage in a program of activites centered in career
         opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, 
         and leadership experience.
    -    To experience positive leadership from adults and youth and to
         have an opportunity to lead others.
    -    To learn and grow in a caring environment.

Scholarship Opportunities

    -    ATF Special Agents' Law Enforcement Explorer $500 Scholarship

    -    Capt. James T. Regan Memorial Law Enforcement Explorer $500 Scholarship

    -    DEA Drug Abuse Prevention Service Award, $1,000 recognition
    -    Floyd Boring Law Enforcement Explorer $1,000 Scholarship

    -    National Young American Award $5,000 grant

    -    Sheryl A. Horak Memorial Law Enforcement Explorer $1,000 Scholarship

    -    U.S. Customs Service Law Enforcement Explorer $1,000 Scholarship

    -    U.S. Federal Investigators Law Enforcement Explorer $500 Scholarship