Last night young adults between ages of 12 and 18 gathered at the Mendon Town Hall for the Mendon Police Explorer Academy Orientation.
The Mendon Police Explorer Post 22 is a Boy Scouts of America program that was established by the Mendon Police Department in October of 1998 by Detective Donald Blanchette. The purpose of Boy Scouts of America and Law Enforcement Exploring is to provide young adults an effective program to build character, promote citizenship, and develop personal and mental fitness. Each explorer post has the responsibility of achieving this purpose by designing its own program around six experience areas: Career, Leadership, Service, Social, Outdoor, Fitness.
The thirteen week academy introduces students explorers to a para-military environment, giving them a glimpse of what real police academy cadets would have to go through to become a sworn police officer in Massachusetts. Students will learn about various subjects such as Criminal Law, Motor Vehicle Law, Domestic Violence, and Constitutional Law. The program then allows students to take what they have learned in these classes and put their knowledge to use through hands on activities such as Motor Vehicle Stops, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms.