On 10-23-10, the Overland Park Police Department Explorer Post participated in a Multi-Agency Explorer Challenge. Those agencies involved in the event were the Overland Park Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Spring Hill Police Department and Johnson County Fire District One. The event took place at various locations around New Century Airport. The explorers participated in a mock injury accident investigation, perimeter control, crime scene investigation, car fire investigation, water rescue, a hostage negotiation and a trauma scene where a medical helicopter responded. The objective of the Explorer Post is to provide teenagers and young adults a better understanding of Law Enforcement. This challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to participate in real-life scenarios and to gain first hand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.
The Overland Park Police Department Explorer Post currently has 16 active members. Eight of those explorers took part in the Multi-Agency Challenge. The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:
1. Must be 14 years of age, and graduated the 8th grade, through 20 years of age
2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher
3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year
4. Have no felony convictions
5. Have a current and valid driver's license
6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.
Those who are interested in becoming an explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. Tthe Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer please contact Sgt. Melanie L. Pierce at 913.535.3041.