SACO EXPLORERS POST 97
The Saco Police Explorer Post program is for students between the ages of 14- 20 years old who are interested in learning about a career in law enforcement. Students who participate in the program come from a variety of locations within Southern Maine, with some travelling an hour just to attend. Ther program is an open enrollment; new members can sign up anytime.
Explorers participate in law enforcement related classes, trainings in current investigative techniques, practical exercises, and those that are at least 16 years old are eligible for ride-alongs with patrol officers.
The Explorer Program can be an excellent starting point for a successful career in law enforcement. There are three officers in the Saco Police Department that are former Explorers, and there are several more in the area who are now law enforcement officers. Two current Explorers hold unsworn positions in a local agency.
The post activities mirror a police department with members having opportunities to earn rank within the post, which gives them more responsibility. The group meets at Saco Police Department every Monday evening with each meeting beginning with a memorial ceremony honoring police officers that may have been killed in the line of duty since our last gathering. There are guest speakers including: municipal officers, state troopers, county deputies, game wardens, a deputy district attorney, a detective from the attorney general’s office, and even retirees. Other meetings include mock traffic stops or other scene investigations and other times the meeting is more geared towards open discussion. A highlight is when one of the Explorers was able to use what he learned in class to save a life, and ultimately received the city’s Life Saving Award.
The members also volunteer for many community service events including: Mary’s Walk, blood drives, fundraisers for Caring Unlimited, and food drives. It is a great opportunity for the Explorers to positively represent the police department and recognize the community as a vital component to the group's success, both as Explorers, and as representatives of the police department.
For more information about the Explorer's program contact Officer Matt Roberts