Police Explorers program teaches values, leadership

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are under 21 can join the Frankfort's Police Explorers program.

In the third year here, Explorers meet every other Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the police station on Second Street. Meetings are open to parents of the Explorers and the public.

Senior adviser, Officer Kenneth Hopkins, said this program stresses leadership and responsibility.

"The leadership of the youth in this program make all the decisions," he said. "They decide what communities to help, and the adults just guide and mentor. Last year we gave over 1,000 hours of community service to such events as the National Night Out for Crime, the ghost tour on Fort Hill and the Frankfort youth football league."

Hopkins said those interested can register to join at any time. There is no limit to the number of members, but they must meet some basic criteria besides being the proper age.

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