Lawn Law Enforcement
Post # 902
Fair Lawn Law Enforcement Explorer Post # 902 was formed in
November 2004. It is a cooperative venture between the Boy Scouts of
America, Learning for Life Inc., and the Fair Lawn Police Department. It
is designed to give young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21 a
chance to find out more about a career in law enforcement. Many former law
enforcement officers on the federal, state, county and local levels got
their start in other established law enforcement posts and we hope to do
the same for our Explorers.
Members are referred to as "Explorer" and, while
the program is part of the BSA, the Explorer program is distinctively
different from scouting.
Explorer Post 902 is sponsored by the Fair Lawn Police
Department as a community-based policing program. This successful program
is designed to educate and involve young men and women in police
operations and to interest them in law enforcement functions whether they
enter the law enforcement field or not.
As an Explorer, young adults
have the opportunity to assist the Fair Lawn Police Department. Explorers
can broaden their understanding and firsthand knowledge of the challenges
and job skills that make up their community's police service. In addition
to gaining a working knowledge of police work, the participants have the
opportunity to give of themselves to their community. Although Post 902 is
law enforcement oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as
police employees, sworn or civilian.
We chose the post number 902 as a tribute to our fallen
colleague, P.O. Mary Ann Collura who was killed in the line of duty by a
drug dealer when coming to the assistance of another police officer. 902
was the number of her assigned vehicle that she was operating on the night
she was killed. After forensic experts processed the vehicle, it was
crushed and the car number 902 was forever retired in her memory. By
choosing the number 902, it is our hope that her spirit of community
service, compassion, courage and commitment to duty will live on through
the explorers, the law enforcement officers of the future.
Currently we have 20 explorers who have received training in
communications, fingerprinting, traffic accident investigation, forensic
science, the criminal justice system and the operation of the municipal
court. In the near future, Explorers will receive training in CPR, traffic
control and motor vehicle as well as various other law enforcement
oriented subjects. Explorers are eligible to attend the State Explorer
Academy in July.
Among the activities that Explorers will be participating in
soon are the Fair Lawn Police Bicycle Rodeo which is designed to teach
younger children the basics of bicycle safety, the Memorial Day Parade,
fingerprinting children at the Radburn Street Fair and helping at the
Junior Citizen Police Academy, a summer program designed for middle school
Requirements to join:
between the ages of 14-21 years (14 years old is acceptable only if you
have graduated from eighth grade)
a good moral character
in school while in the program or until graduation.
a C average (2.0 GPA) or higher
have a serious police record
able to attend Explorer meetings
willing to volunteer your time to attend Explorer functions
willing to commit to the Explorer Code and exemplify the professional
image of the Fair Lawn Police Department
If you meet the qualification for an Explorer, you will
receive an application form. After the successful completion of the
background process, you will become an Explorer Recruit. The Recruit will
be placed on probation for three months.
Uniforms and academy tuition fees are the financial
responsibility of the Explorer. If funds are available from donations or
from fundraising activities we hold, these funds will be used to help off
set the financial expenses of the Explorer.
Any young person interested in learning more
about the Explorer program may contact the Fair Lawn Police Community
Policing Unit at 201-794-5365.