WELCOME TO THE GARDNER POLICE
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
- Developing leadership skills to fulfill our responsibilities
- Providing exposure to different leadership traits
- Developing potential contacts that may broaden
- Boosting self-confidence and experiencing success at school
- Developing physical
and mental fitness
- Experiencing positive social interaction
- Encouraging the skill and desire to help others
- Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others
- Helping make ethical choices
- Fullfilling one's responsibility to society as a whole
It is the
mission of the Gardner Police Explorers to:
- Gain practical experience in
- 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.
- ATF Special Agents' Law Enforcement Explorer
- Capt. James T. Regan Memorial Law Enforcement Explorer
- 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