Our Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers, along with Explorer Posts from Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach County have just completed their weeklong residential career education program – often referred to as “boot camp” – at Camp Tanah Keeta in Tequesta, Florida.
Boot camp provides the Explorers with practical hand-on law enforcement and life-skills training in a structured and highly disciplined environment similar to military and police recruit training centers. All of the instruction and supervision is provided by area law enforcement personnel and staff from the Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The academy is designed as an educational, challenging and fun experience for the Explorers. It includes physical training drills, demonstration and classroom instruction on police related topics. Participants will explore the many duties of the law enforcement profession and its different specialty units. Many of the participants also learned to dive and received their PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification and senior Explorers received firearms training on the camp’s pistol range.
This year’s Academy operated at full capacity and graduation was held on Saturday, July 29th with the Chief of Police from many of the participating agencies congratulating those who had completed the academy.
Here are just a few of the thousands of wonderful photos taken during Law Enforcement Explorer Academy 2017 !
Much of the funding to support the Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorer Post comes from the Police Foundation Golf Tournament. Learn more about the Tournament and sign up as either a Sponsor or Player by clicking here.