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GarCo Sheriff’s Office explorer program kicks off next month

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a new explorer program to begin after the first of the year, introducing young people to law enforcement career options through hands-on field studies.

Earlier this month, on “Just the Facts,” the semi-monthly Facebook Live chat hosted on the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Lou Vallario announced that the program, which has roots in a variety of career fields across the country, would be coming to Garfield County.

“The program, through Boy Scouts of America, provides hands-on interactive career training led by professionals in our field,” he explained in the Dec. 3 segment. “In summary, it’s career exploration. It gives young people a chance to know whether a career in this particular field is something they want to do.”

Vallario said the Sheriff’s Office has already reached out to local police departments and high schools to get them involved in the program.

The program gives high school students the opportunity to shadow and experience various careers, in this case law enforcement, Vallario explained. Students will be participating in police activities, such as traffic control or sitting in on court cases.

Later in the year, students could be assisting with the county fair or any activity that would expose them to what police officers do for a living, Vallario said.

The explorer program will be kicking off on Jan. 22 at the Sheriff’s Office Rifle Annex. There will be a meet-and-greet with law enforcement officers, school officials and any interested high school students who want to participate.

The first meeting will serve as an introduction for students to see if they’d like to explore a career with the Sheriff’s Office or another area of law enforcement.

Vallario hopes the program will help identify young men and women in the community who may think law enforcement is a career they want to pursue, which could help with local recruiting in future years.

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