Our goal is to recruit area youth and give them a foundation in public service to become future members of Kalamazoo Public Safety. Advisors and Explorers actively recruit at each event we attend. We visit several area schools and Public Safety youth academies.
The Post continues to recruit new members through our EFE program (Education for Employment) which is a high school academic program taught by KDPS Officer/ Explorer Advisor Jeff Crouse.
"Being an Explorer with Kalamazoo Public Safety helped me with identifying the career that I wanted to pursue. It eventually led to me being employed with Kalamazoo Public Safety. I attribute being hired as a public safety officer largely to the Explorer Program."
"As an explorer I was able to gain first hand knowledge of what the position of a law enforcement officer would entail. With hands on training from traffic stops, firearms, criminal law, and other related courses, I was able to have a leap ahead of others in my field when I attended college. There was no doubt in my mind that being an explorer played a tremendous role in the type of police officer I am today. If anyone is interested in law enforcement as a career, I would most certainly recommend them to become an explorer or at least check it out, as it has a lot to offer."
PSO Derrick Turner
"I was involved in the Explorer post for two years. The Explorer Competition was my most memorable experience. I competed with partners in domestic assault scenarios and took a fifth place award. I was hired by KDPS in 2001, and am currently working with KVET and the DEA."
PSO/DEA TFO Theodore Westra
"I have worked for Kalamazoo Public Safety for 7 years. I am currently assigned to the Community Policing Unit, where I serve the Northside of Kalamazoo. All growing up I wanted to be a Police Officer. When I was a teenager I joined the Kalamazoo Public Safety Explorer Post. I was an Explorer for 4 years prior to getting hired as an Officer."
PSO/CPO David Juday
"Being an Explorer for six years made it a smooth transition in becoming an officer. The opportunities and experiences are unlike any other program. From going through fire academy, to participating in ride-alongs, the program helped build confidence and familiarity with the profession, prior to becoming an officer."
PSO Derek Weldon
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