Police Explorers At Work In Lacey

The members of the Police Explorers of the Ocean County Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Explorers Post No. 1, with Lacey Police Chief Michael DiBella, Sheriff’s Officer Christine Farrell, Ocean Township Police Officer Leanne Petracca, and Lacey Police Lt. Paul Sullivan, Jr. outside the Lacey Township Municipal Building. (Photo courtesy Lacey Police)

LACEY – You might be seeing some new uniforms at special events throughout town in the coming years. The Police Explorers will be on hand at parades and other town functions.

The Explorer program trains teens and young adults who are interested in a law enforcement career. Run through the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, they offer the groundwork of what it is like to serve the community as a police officer.

The 14 members of post No. 1 were recently introduced to the Lacey Committee during a meeting. Twelve of the 14 are Lacey residents, Police Chief Michael DiBella said.

Lacey Township Police Chief Michael DiBella addresses public about the Police Explorers at the Township Committee meeting. (Photo courtesy Lacey Police)

The duties they will perform are not dangerous, he said. Throughout the year, they will be used as crowd control during events like the Apple Festival, or parades. They will learn about search warrants and accident reports. They also will have exposure to working with K-9 units, vehicles and other aspects of police work. There are two to three meetings a month.

“Thirty years ago, I started in the same position. I owe a great deal of credit to my explorer post,” he said.

Sheriff’s Officer Christine Farrell introduced each member to the governing body, and explained what their future plans are in terms of college, career, and law enforcement.

Being Post No 1, they have a call and respond that they do. When Farrell states they are “Number 1,” they call out “Second to none!”

In order to be a member of the Police Explorers, you must be:

14-20 years old, joining the program before your 18th birthday. You must be in 9th grade or higher.

Sheriff’s Officer Christine Farrell introduces the Police Explorers at the Township Committee meeting on March 24. (Photo courtesy Lacey Police)

Maintain at least a C average in school.

Pass a background check.

Complete an oral interview.

Maintain outstanding moral and ethical character at all times and demonstrate a willingness to serve.

Attend training three times a month.

Applications are available through the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office.