September 15, 2017  |  01:41 pm

Open House to be held Sept. 23

Boys and girls interested in future careers in law enforcement between the ages of 14 and 20 (must have completed the eighth grade if under 15) are invited to an informational open house Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Pearl River Training Center, 39395 Pine St, Pearl River.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is reestablishing its Junior Deputy Explorer Post No. 1324, and this event will serve as a kickoff for this program.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program, which is a program of Boy Scouts of America, provides young adults interested in future careers in law enforcement an awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other activities. 

The program will introduce young people to potential careers in law enforcement or related criminal justice fields and will help them grow in strength of character, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

Five areas of emphasis will be career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership experience.

Participants will receive career-focused training and will serve the community by assisting the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in non-enforcement and volunteer liaison capacities.

The open house on Sept. 23 will allow for parents and potential participants to gather information about the program and to fill out necessary registration forms. A registration fee of $75 per year will cover local and national dues, insurance and a program T-shirt. The year will run from January to December, but those registering between now and the end of 2017, will be covered under the 2018 dues.

For more information, call Sgt. Barry Sicard at 985-863-6507 or email