Police Explorers Graduation
New York City, NY, 08/21/2019 --- This morning, hundreds of excited graduating New York Police Department Explorers Cadets, their parents, supporters, as well as leaders from various law enforcement departments converged to One Police Plaza for the celebration of the largest graduation of the program’s history. “Today at Police Headquarters, 380 Law Enforcement Explorers from numerous local agencies graduated from the Explorer Academy. They represent a very bright future for the safety and security of this city and we look forward to the positive contributions they will make.” Says NYPD Twits.
Among the young leaders who have graduated is Sergeant Sterling from 43rd Precinct in the Bronx pictured below with his team members. Sergeant Sterling’s proud mother, Emily Pagan, is a big supporter and one of the organizers of the Explorer program in the Bronx Community Board 9 which includes 43rd Precinct.
The pictuce below is the 2019 43rd Precinct Explorers Graduates ready to take on the leadership of pacifying the Bronx. We make it safe to make it successful. Bronx public Safety will bring public prosperity and public wellness, and 43rd Precinct under the capable leadership of Deputy Inspector Bejamin Gurley is taking the lead on that. Overall crimes has gone down tremendously in the 43rd Precinct.
“Today was the 2019 NYPD Explorers graduation. The explorers program is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate young men and women about law enforcement. Explorers like Sergeant Ethan Sterling from the 43rd Precinct has been involved in the organization in his community projects, sang the National Anthem at the National Night Out, developed leadership skills, practice marching drills, and participates in real life law enforcement training. This year, Sergeant Sterling brought to his Precinct two medals: 1 Bronze for marching and 1 Gold for search and arrest.” Said his mother Emily Pagan.
About the Police Explorer: Become a Law Enforcement Explorer
The Law Enforcement Explorers program provides young men and women from the city's diverse communities with an introduction to a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The program, geared for ages 14 to 20, often results in strengthening ties between the community and police. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self-discipline, and respect for diversity and human dignity through training, involvement in community service projects, and other Exploring events.
Youth Leadership: The Explorers elect their own officers and are promoted within a rank structure. They also plan and execute most of their activities, learning teamwork and leadership skills.
Positive Adult Role Models: The positive interaction of Explorers and law enforcement officers helps young adults see officers as fellow human beings, and allows greater opportunities to build positive relationships between the New York City Police Department and the city's diverse communities.
Five Exploring Experience Areas: An appreciation and commitment to the following areas are crucial to the development of all young people: Life Skills, Service Learning, Character Education, Leadership Experience, and Career.
Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz Memorial College Scholarship Fund
The NYPD has established a scholarship fund, through the generosity of the Police Foundation, in memory of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz. The $10,000 award will be presented to two Explorers in the amount of up to $5,000 each. The award will be used for tuition and/or school expenses at an accredited college or academic institution during the upcoming semester.Ms. Leandra Feliz, the mother of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz
Nearly 2,500 young men and women from 50 states take part in the annual week-long Law Enforcement & Fire/EMS Explorers Conference to learn law enforcement and fire/EMS skills from some of the highest ranking law enforcement and fire/EMS officials in the country. The event includes competition-based learning and hands-on activities that promote personal growth, teamwork and development of adolescent youth.
Sergeant Sterling and his mother Emily Pagan.