Local Explorers Learn What It Takes To Become Police Officers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a time when CMPD says they are in need of more officers, the Explorers program is preparing students for a career with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

We found out the group is not only working hard to become future police officers, but also working to give back to the community.

“This is the one time a year we get to donate toys, and deliver toys to families in the Charlotte area,” says CMPD officer Chris Kopp.

This Christmas giveaway is just one of the many community service projects the CMPD Explorer troop will participate in this year. “It is very important to me. I would choose to do this over relaxing at home any day,” says Explorer Captain Andrew Geiser.

Dressed in full Explorer cadet uniform, Captain Geiser is just one of 50 high school students in this Boy Scouts of America Explorers program.

The group collected and donated toys and gifts to 600 families in need this holiday. But the main focus is for students to get the tools they need to join law enforcement.

Just ask Captain Jim Wilson, “They come in they learn to work as a group, they learn to work in an organization. They learn to give back to the community, and they learn the skills they need if they want to become a police officer later on,” says Wilson.

Putting more local officers in the community, a long time goal of CMPD police chief Kerr Putney.

“Our job is to be a part of their lives the rest of their lives. We want them to transition into the cadet program, send them to school, then we want to get them on as good productive cops to the citizens of Charlotte,” says Chief Kerr Chief Putney.

For Geiser it’s a dream come true, “This program is exceptional at providing a career opportunity in that field. That’s why I’m here I wanted to become a police officer and this is helping me to do that ,” says Geiser.

The program is for high school students in grades 9 and up, if interested you can attend the summer academy to learn more and apply for the Explorer program.

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