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Harris County
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SHERIFF GARCIA PARTNERS WITH BOYS SCOUTS OF AMERICA
TO REACH AREA YOUTH THROUGH POLICE EXPLORERS PROGRAM

HOUSTON, TX – Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia launched today the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Police Explorers program, a career and value-oriented initiative that will give young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with deputies of the HCSO.

The HCSO’s Police Explorers program is open to teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 (must have completed the 8th grade) and 21 interested in a career in law enforcement. Student participants will get a first-hand look at what it takes to be a law enforcement officer and decide early on whether it is a career they want to pursue.

The Explorers students will have the opportunity to train to perform certain police functions and utilize that training in mock police calls. They’ll also be able to showcase that training in Explorers competitions, held throughout the United States, and qualify to win awards and even college scholarships. 

There are five Explorers posts within the HCSO, one assigned to each patrol district. A complete list of those posts is listed below. Also, each post will hold an open house during the month of October. A list of the open house dates and locations is attached. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

The Sheriff’s Explorers program, which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America and is affiliated with Learning for Life, will be led by two trained advisors in each district post and supported by HCSO civilian assistant advisors. “The Police Explorers program is a proven model and comes with a nationally respected brand of the Boy Scouts of America,” said Sheriff Adrian Garcia. “I am excited to partner with them to help me reach out to young people in the Harris County community! The Police Explorers program is a great opportunity to educate and mentor our youth and expose them to the rewarding profession of community service and law enforcement. It’s also a great way for our youth and their parents to support law enforcement.”

Nationally, there are over 33,000 Explorers and more than 8,000 adult volunteers.

Sheriff Garcia is proud to announce that Scout Master Joseph (Al) Blendermann, who also is a veteran Sergeant of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, is leading this important program. In addition, many of the designated HCSO advisors were members of the Boy Scouts in their younger years and some are actual alumni of the Police Explorers program.

The HCSO is currently accepting student applications. Any young adults interested in participating in the HCSO’s Explorers program can contact any of the HCSO deputies listed below. Please note that background checks will be conducted on all members and volunteers.

·       Sgt. Joseph A. (AL) Blendermann,

Sheriff’s Explorers Program Coordinator

(713) 697-6304

·       Post 41 – District 1 Patrol

Deputies Ronnie Curnel and Raymond Bennett

(281) 376-2997

·       Post 42 – District 2 Patrol 

Deputies Terry Garza and Lonnie Alexander

(281) 446-9155

·       Post 43 – District 3 Patrol

Deputies Brian Goldstein and Christopher Garza

(713) 455-8050

·       Post 44 – District 4 Patrol

Deputies David Bateson and Lisa Heiden

(281) 463-2648

·       Post 45 – District 5 Patrol

Deputies Scott Hardcastle and James Thomas

(281) 290-2100

Photo courtesy of the HCSO.




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