Law Enforcement Exploring also known as Police Explorers is a Career- Oriented program that gives Young Adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with local Law Enforcement Agencies. Founded on July 12, 1973, it is one of the Exploring Programs from Learning for Life, a Non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.
On Thursday, July 30, 2015, the High Springs Police Department welcomed it’s “Founding Five” Police Explorers to HSPD Explorer Post 599. Implementation of HSPD Explorer Post 599 was accomplished in 3- short months, which normally can take 1 – 2 years, depending on circumstances. Explorer Advisor Officer Adam Joy, Explorer Co-Advisor Reserve Officer Patrick Treese, and Assistant Advisor Officer Vernon Higginbotham should be commended for their hard work and dedication to the Police Explorer program and for making HSPD Police Explorer Post 599 a reality.
During the “Rank Pinning” ceremony, Explorer Advisor Joy and Explorer Co-Advisor Treese each pinned Gold Captain Bars on Explorer Brianna Zayas and Gold Lieutenant Bars on Renee Hancock. Also honored into Explorer Post 599 was Explorer Elizabeth Schol. Explorers Savannah Thomason and Jacquez Wallace were unable to attend the ceremony.
Cinnamon Hills Community Festival
Day/Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Members of the Police Explorers, under the guidance of Assistant Explorer Advisor Officer Higginbotham, Officer Taylor, Reserve Officer Coulon, and Chief Anterio attended the Cinnamon Hills Community Festival in Cinnamon Hills Estate. The Police Explorers assisted with parking and provided security during the event.
The event included a bounce house, jumbo slide, face painting, music, games, activities, hotdogs, popcorn, and drinks for everyone’s enjoyment. Chief Anterio was asked to judge the costume contest. It was a difficult decision, as all the costumes were fantastic, but with the assistance of Officer Higginbotham winners were selected in each of the four categories: best family costume, best couple’s costume, best female child costume, and best male child costume.