King and Queen, Essex Sheriff's Offices launch combined youth program

King and Queen and Essex County sheriff’s offices have come together to launch a regional Law Enforcement Explorer’s Post Program to allow youth to learn classroom and practical safety and exercises from police, according to a news release by King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office.

The program hosted its first introductory meeting at Central High School on March 6 where eight potential members and their parents attended.

Sheriff W.A. Holmes of Essex and Sheriff J.R. Charboneau of King and Queen spoke to those in attendance about their dedication to positive relationships with youth in the two counties.

Participants then engaged in a hands-on example of activities in the program.The lesson and demonstration was firearm safety and the proper handling and firing of a weapon. Participants were allowed to fire a 9 mm simulation pistol at a target in a controlled setting.

The Explorer’s Post will meet weekly while school is in session and consist of the following topics: driving under the influence, handcuffing, firearms, defensive tactics, crime scene processing and more, according to the news release.

Members also will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with deputies in each county and participate in community events such as fairs, parades and sporting events.

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office, and it will be a planning meeting for members to take an active role in the planning and implementation of future meetings, topics, location and times. There will also be a fun training exercise for participants.

For more information or to sign up, call the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office at 804-785-7400 or the Essex County Sheriff's Office at 804-443-3346. Anyone ages 14 to 20 may join; the program is not restricted to Essex or King and Queen County residents.

King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office is located at 242 Allen's Circle, King and Queen Courthouse.

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