Young people between the ages 14-18 are getting the opportunity to learn about a career in law enforcement through the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #328.
Several students from Lebanon and Wilson Central High Schools have begun taking classes and learning about various aspects of law enforcement careers. The program, which began in October of 2014, includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.
“We are pleased young people in our area are interested in law enforcement, and we hope to get them started on a path to a professional vocation regardless of whether they decide to pursue a law enforcement career,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. “It is geared to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility.”
The Explorer post is a division of the Boy Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and must maintain at least a “C” average in school. The Explorers are learning under the guidance of Post Adviser Sgt. James Lanier and three associate advisers, Deputies Emy Bates, Christopher Keyes and Joe Bowen.
“This is a program to teach self-discipline, self-respect and integrity,” said Sgt. Lanier. “We expect the Explorers with Post #328 to be mirrors of ourselves and to conduct themselves as a role model for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do.”
Classes are taught every other Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Sheriff’s Office training room. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.