High school students interested in a college education as well as a career in law enforcement are being offered the opportunity to gain police training and college insight at Cal State San Bernardino’s University Police department.
The program is looking to recruit 20 new Police Explorers this fall, following interviews that were held earlier this month.
“We will also introduce and expose them to college life,” Jimmie Brown, the university’s police chief, said. “As the explorers get close to graduating from their high schools, we will invite guest speakers to the explorers’ meetings to discuss admissions, financial aid and housing – giving the students and their parents’ first-hand knowledge on how to get into college.”
No stranger to Cal State San Bernardino, the Police Explorers program has been an ongoing program with the University Police since 2007, making CSUSB the only CSU in the 23-campus system with a Police Explorers program.
The CSUSB police department partnered with the Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino in 2007 and formed a Campus Police Explorers Program, Brown said. “The only thing that has changed is that we are taking a leadership role and branching off to form our own Police Explorers program.”
Brown, who started his career as an explorer with the San Bernardino Police Department, will manage the program with the help of three dispatchers who will serve as explorer advisers.
CSUSB University Police Explorers Program is a registered member of the Learning for Life Explorers, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America.
Explorers must meet a series of requirements to participate in the program. They must be 14-21 years of age, be in good standing academically in their school, at home and in the community and have a clean criminal record.
Training activities will take place at the CSUSB University Police facility. Explorers are required to participate in two training days per month.
To fund the Explorers Program, the CSUSB University Police will seek public donations. The donations will be used to help Explorers purchase their uniforms and equipment.
In addition to the $5 monthly fees Explorers pay, uniforms and other equipment can cost up to $80 per person.
For more information or to make a donation, contact CSUSB University Police at (909) 573-5165 or e-mail at Explorer@csusb.edu.
For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.