Cape Girardeau Police Department holds Police Explorer Program

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Cape Girardeau Police Department (CGPD) holds a Police Explorer Program.

The program was developed for young adults to learn about police department.

Explorers will spend their time learning necessary skills needed to be a successful officer.

They will learn police radio procedures, police policies, principals of police patrol and participate in ride-along programs with uniformed officers.

“They learn anything from evidence collection, firearms training, how to handle firearms, firearm safety,” said Tora Angle, patrolman.

“I have been an explorer since 2017,” said Bryce Blair, a current Explorer. “It has helped me a lot develop my leadership skills, my communication skills, my confidence really, physical fitness. I’ve learned what it’s like to be an officer like we’ve done traffic stops, domestic violence cases, evidence collection. It is just a lot of fun and I’ve learned a lot from it.”

“And so I’m not going to say that it necessarily put me ahead but it better prepared me for okay I know how to do this for this scenario with laws. Okay, I’ve already gone over this this will help me and so it really prepares you for law enforcement or the academy so you’re not necessarily going to be behind you could be ahead,” said Noah Jones, patrolman.

“I think it gave them a good perspective of what law enforcement actually does,” Patrolman Angle said. “I think it’s good for the public to learn that we are human and what our job consists of the stress of the job… instead of going through the Academy and becoming on officer through all the training and then deciding you don’t want to be an officer this gives a good idea of if this is a career you want.”

Ages 14 to 21 can attend the monthly classes and meetings.

For more information, contact Officer Jason Angle at 573-335-6621 or email at police@cityofcape.org

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