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Police Explorers embark on fundraiser

Members of the Culpeper Police Law Explorers launched a fundraising drive recently to help fund the program, which allows young people to experience the law enforcement profession and give back to the community.

To help raise funds, the Explorers are offering ornaments, coffee mugs and steins for sale. The items all have the new black and white police car imprinted on them. Ornaments cost $12, mugs $15 and steins $22.

The Explorers, which is sponsored by the Boy Scouts, has about a dozen members ranging in age from 14 to 20. Three Culpeper police officers serve as volunteers.

The Explorers receive no taxpayer money for its operation. Funding for the program is provided through Healthy Culpeper and fundraising efforts. The local program also receives donations from the Scott Fisher Foundation.

Donations and fundraising assists with equipment purchases such uniforms, traffic direction equipment etc. The money also assists with training such as the National Youth Leadership Forums and field trips. Last year, the Explorers went to the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the Crime and Punishment Museum. Several Explorers also participated in a regional competition in Leesburg.

Explorers must have completed the 8th grade to join, maintain a grade requirement and also maintain a good conduct requirement.

The Explorers assist the police during police and community events, ride along with police and attend monthly meetings.

“The Explorers program provides a positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest,” said Sgt. Jeff Dodson, who heads up the Culpeper program.

Explorers learn problem-solving, communications, conflict-resolution and leadership skills. The program also helps build self-confidence and character.

Several Culpeper Explorers have successfully pursued law enforcement careers after leaving the program.

Anyone interested in joining the Explores or purchasing one of the fundraising items may contact Sgt. Jeff Dodson at 540-829-5526. Checks should be made payable to Healthy Culpeper – Law Explorers.

Also, anyone wanting an item may bring a check by the Culpeper Police Department at 740 Old Brandy Road and leave your name and items wanted at the front desk.

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