Crestview Explorers stress police work, community

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Michael Mitchem, 17, helps Crestview Manor resident Danz Pettis paint a flowerpot earlier this month at the assisted living facility.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 18:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Hub City teens can test drive a law enforcement career and promote civic involvement as members of the Crestview Police Department’s Crestview Explorers.

The group, organized by the Boy Scouts of America and headed by community police officers Wanda Hulion and Sam Kimmons, is for young adults ages 14-20 interested in police work.

"It gives them a taste of what a police officer does," Community Police Officer Wanda Hulion said. "It allows them to see if they want to explore a career in law enforcement."

The club, 14 members strong, also has a Junior Explorers program for 12- to 13-year-olds.

Interacting with police officers who give insight on the job, and occasionally riding along on patrols can be eye-opening, members said.   

"It’s about realizing that their motto of 'protect and serve' means so much more," Michael Mitchem, 17, said. "You are working for the community."

Since joining the group, Michael — whose aunt is Hulion — is considering a law enforcement career.

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