Transportation for police explorers

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Back in February 2019, the Suffolk County Police Explorer Program approached Legis.

Rudy Sunderman about their need to acquire a vehicle to transport their members to and

from events and trainings. Upon receiving the request, Sunderman worked to make it

happen.

“The Police Explorer Program is vital to so many young adults who are interested in

pursuing a career in law enforcement,” he said. “Anything I could do to help them

administer this program for the benefit of the children is a positive for everyone involved.”

The vehicle that was chosen is a decommissioned minibus from the Suffolk County

Transportation system. The employees of Public Works gave the bus an overhaul, tune-up

and a new paint job, complete with police department decals. The bus was transferred to

the explorers on Aug. 19 and is now designated for their use.

Founded in 1973, the Police Explorers Program is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America

Learning for Life Program and has been active in Suffolk County since 1975. This career-

oriented program provides young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 the opportunity to

work with local law enforcement agencies to give them insight into the skills and

techniques necessary to be a police officer. This is a volunteer public service program, and

while explorers do not perform the duties of a police officer, they can provide assistance in

public service programs, such as crime prevention.

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