The Roswell Police Department’s Explorers Club received a $750 donation from Walmart and $500 from Roswell Sertoma Club. The Explorers is open to young men and women age 14-20 with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of law enforcement.
The group provides educational training programs for young adults on the purposes, mission and objectives of law enforcement. The program also provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities and community service activities. The primary goals of the Explorers are to assist young people along a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
Sgt. Ty Sharpe with the RPD said the Department originally asked for $1,000 from each organization. “We are very happy to have been awarded $750 from Walmart and $500 from Roswell Sertoma,” he said.
Walmart, 4500 N. Main St., allots a certain amount of money to give to local causes. The Sertoma Club provides financial assistance to individuals and organizations, with an emphasis on activities for youth.
The funds will be used in part to purchase Polo and uniform shirts for members. The RPD recycles returned and used uniform pants. “The donations received will also be used to purchase more equipment like belts, handcuffs and other training aides,” Sharpe explained.
Sharpe said four Roswell Explorer members attended a Police Tactical Competition earlier this year. The annual event incorporates 60 teams from all over the country who participate in team-building exercises over a two-day period. The trip was paid, in part, with a small fee from each Explorer. The balance was funded by Sharpe and Officer Michael Fry who also traveled with the group. The local group started in January of 2012.
“We currently have nine (Explorers) and 30 have been through the program in the last 15 months,” said Sharpe.