Explorer Fetner


    To me the best part of Explorers is the ride alongs. It's where I feel I get the most hands-on training and I get to see what the job is really about. Not only do I get to learn from the officer I'm riding with but the other officers are always there to help me learn as well.

    Riding along with an officer is much different than doing scenarios in a classroom. It's where you see everything an officer sees. Not only are you just observing what the officer does but you get to participate in the real life scenarios that go on. As an explorer if we see something unusual we call it out to the officer. We get to really feel like part of the department and feel like the officer’s partner. Although we don't get to do as much as the officers, we get to do plenty of things to prepare us for our future as a police officer.

    While on ride alongs I've seen things such as traffic accidents, building searches, vehicle stops, person stops, suspicious situations, drunk drivers, family disturbances, and much more. I've been able to write citations, fill out Temporary Custody Reports, Property Reports, and give out voluntary statements for victims to complete. I've been able to do finger printing in CCDC and see how the booking system works. I've been able to roll code 3 with officers and get the adrenaline rush that officers feel on a day to day basis while working. I've been able to use the radio and use the computer. While using the radio I get to learn how to speak to the dispatcher and by using the computer I get to learn how to run license plates, run peoples names, get information I may need, etc.  I learn so much while doing ride alongs and now that I have been able to do them I honestly couldn't see myself doing any other job in my future. I know that when I do become an officer I'll have the LVMPD officers to thank for training me while I was an explorer.

    I think that a ride along should be mandated as part of the curriculum for anyone who plans to continue their education in this field. This is to say that without first understanding the realities of someone's routine we could never fully empathize with their position and comprehend their decisions. 

    In conclusion I would like to say that a ride along is great for any perspective police officer as well as any regular citizen. The more we can see the perspective as seen by our men and women keeping us safe by putting themselves in the line of fire daily, we can have a greater understanding of the pressures and responsibility we as citizens place on their shoulders. It's very easy for the someone to sit back critique and judge actions of our officers when they are not faced with the real life situations that the streets of our cities and towns can and do provide.

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The LVMPD Explorer Program exposes young adults to a career in law enforcement by matching their interests in four specific areas: Crime Scene Investigation, Corrections, Dispatch, and Police. In addition to the training they receive, the LVMPD Explorer Program also aims to develop and refine qualities such as maturity, responsibility, character, civic duty, and personal fitness.


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