September 23 – Lockport Police Explorers aims to give young people a glimpse into real police work in two meetings per month from October to June.
Young people aged 15 to 20 are invited to apply.
Teachers will include Officer Bill Jones, Officer Julie Snyder, Officer Miguel Bermudez, Officer Michael Stroud, and Lieutenant Dave Pytlik as primary supervisors, but other experts, such as officers from the K9 team, will come in and discuss the field they specialize in .
Topics covered include forensics and detective work, custody issues (handcuffs, books, fingerprints), firearms, reality-based training, physical training, and traffic stops.
“This year we will start with forensics,” Pytlik said.
Forensic training includes taking fingerprints, collecting TSTIME and securing evidence. Pytlik said explorers will be placed in a few rooms — a working example of a typical crime scene — with a broken window, some locks of hair, cell phones and other evidence they can catalog and collect using real police work skills.
Retired police officers have volunteered to role-play in traffic stop training, which will highlight a dangerous situation where the detained person has a gun or is known to have fought police in the past.
Youth admitted to the program must have parental consent to participate, maintain at least a “C” average in school, and maintain good moral standing.
This is the second year of the Lockport Police Explorers program and three of the four participants in the inaugural program are returning. The fourth participant is going to study, Pytlik said.
Police Explorers is an opportunity for young people to learn more about police work and whether they are interested in getting into the field or not.
“Normally we get people who want to be police officers, but everyone is welcome,” Pytlik said. “We want the community to know what we do and why we do it.”
To inquire, email [email protected] or go to the Lockport Police Department, at the back of City Hall on Niagara Street.