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MCSO revives Explorer program

A youth program aimed at Mohave County teen-agers interested in law enforcement is being revived by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Detective Carlos Rooks has been instrumental in bringing back the Explorers program, which gives youth practical experience in being a sheriff's deputy or a correctional officer.

"There was a program in the past that faded away several years ago," Rooks said.

"The sheriff (Tom Sheahan) asked me to jump start it."

The program is open to county residents who graduated the eighth grade and are no more than 20 years old.

A background investigation will be done for each applicant, Rooks said.

So far, the program has attracted five candidates, three in the Kingman area.

Of those three Kingman applicants, one is female.

The Explorers program is associated with the Boy Scouts of America.

Cadets will ride with patrol deputies, including boat patrol along the Colorado River, and might accompany helicopter pilot Frank Holmes during patrol in the air, Rooks said.

Explorers also could be used for traffic control at special events and staff information booths at fairs, all the while learning the paperwork aspect of law enforcement, Rooks said.

The first meetings are scheduled for the end of September or the first part of October.

Rooks would like to see 10 to 20 Explorers, though he said the number who can be accepted is unlimited.

Meetings would be held at Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City and rotated on a monthly basis, he said.

For information about the program, call Rooks at 753-0753.

The Kingman Police Department has a similar cadet program, although it is not affiliated with the Boy Scouts

Cpl.

Tracie Homer said the department's cadet program has been in existence for more than 25 years and that one current patrol officer started out as a cadet.

The cadets assist officers during ride-alongs and traffic control at special events, Homer said.