DSP Explorers program to hold open house Sept. 27 at Central

Date Published: 
September 23, 2016

The Delaware State Police Explorers program consists of young men and women who have an interest in law enforcement.

The group participates in fingerprinting young children at community events; works the missing children’s area at the State Fair; and many more community events. They also offer opportunities for the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference and the Federal Leadership Academies, as well as the Delaware State Police Cadet Program.

The Explorers program teaches a variety of police procedures, including fingerprinting, evidence collection and patrol procedures.

“We strive to lead them down the right path and stand as positive role models. We also plan to instill leadership, responsibility, integrity and commitment,” DSP representatives noted.

Every Explorer Post is overseen and run by Delaware State Police troopers.

Minimum qualifications include a 2.0 grade point average, and Explorers must be mature, clean-cut, as well as clean-shaven, with no criminal convictions. This is not a discipline program. The age range is 14 to 20 and at least in ninth grade. The program consists of high school and college students.

Open houses for the program are planned at DSP troops statewide this month, with the local open houses for Troop 4 (Georgetown) and Troop 7 (Lewes) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown.

All interested students should be prepared to submit a $50 program registration fee at the open house. Checks or cash are accepted. They will also need a copy of last year’s grades. For those younger than 18, a parent or guardian must be present to sign the registration.