More than 200 young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 graduated from the Law Enforcement Exploring Academy yesterday in a ceremony held in the auditorium at One Police Plaza. The Law Enforcement Explorers successfully completed a three week academy that took place at Fordham University in the Bronx and Camp Keowa in Sullivan County, New York.
NYPD Chief of Department, James P. O’Neill said, “I want to commend you on your decision to take part in the Law Enforcement Exploring Academy this summer. You made the choice to improve yourself and to learn about your community – our city.
We are counting on you to be ambassadors for the Exploring program and role models for your peers.”
The Explorers learn about the NYPD, U.S. Customs and Borders Protection, FBI, Secret Service, DEA, MTA, Nassau County Police Department, and other agencies, as well as participate in physical fitness drills and activities. Each graduate received a certificate during the graduation ceremony and special awards were also presented.
The NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers, which is part of a national program, reaches out to New York City’s young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Exploring events.