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Police Explorers program teaches teens about law enforcement

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - The Police Explorers program in Southaven has been teaching youngsters all about the business of law enforcement for 15 years in hopes they will encourage others through their positive actions.

"To Protect and Serve" is the motto or every police department in the nation, and the City of Southaven is no exception.  They are already recruiting for the future.

Lt. Gerald Wheeler of the Southaven Police Department said the Police Explorers program is for teenagers who want to enforce the law rather than break it.

"It's through the Boy Scouts of America and it's open to young men and women between the ages of 13 and 20, have completed the 8th grade and are interested in a law enforcement field," Wheeler said.

The program runs year round and the students learn all aspects of law enforcement, including firearm safety, building searches and traffic stops.  

Many of the explorers have been in the program for several years.  Some, like Police Dispatcher Hunter Pogue, have been hired by the department.

"I've learned everything about it," Pogue said.  "What they do, how they do it, what the dangers are and just everything."

Pogue, 20, has family members in law enforcement and plans to apply to become a police officer after he turns 21.

Holly Wheeler, 16, is also an explorer and has been since age 13.  She is undecided as to whether she wants to one day become a member of the department, but she is enjoying the experience.

"You get to meet a lot of new people and you get to learn self-discipline and all about teamwork and how law enforcement works," Wheeler said.  "It's very interesting."

If you want more information about the program, call the Southaven Police Department at (662) 393-8654

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