More than 200 young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 graduated from the Law Enforcement Exploring Academy today in a ceremony held in the auditorium at One Police Plaza. The Law Enforcement Explorers successfully completed a three week academy that took place at Fordham University in the Bronx and Camp Keowa in Sullivan County, New York.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said, “I commend today’s graduates for challenging themselves this summer by attending the Law Enforcement Exploring Academy. I look forward to each graduate taking the discipline, vigilance, and the sense of personal responsibility that are the hallmarks of this program and sharing them with others to continue making this city as safe and great as it can be.”
The Explorers learn about the NYPD, U.S. Customs and Borders Protection, FBI, Secret Service, DEA, MTA, Nassau County Police Department, and other agencies, as well as participate in physical fitness drills and activities. Each graduate received a certificate from Police Commissioner Kelly at the graduation ceremony.
The NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers, which is part of a national program, reaches out to New York City's young adults in every community to help build up relations between the community and New York City Police Department. Explorers are taught the importance of higher education, self discipline, and respect for authority while they actively participate in community service projects and other Exploring events.
More information on the Law Enforcement Explorers program and other youth programs is available from the NYPD Community Affairs Bureau online:
Graduates belonging to Company B of the Law Enforcement Exploring Academy with Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly at the graduation ceremony held today at One Police Plaza. Over 200 graduates were separated into eight companies, A through H, during the three week academy.
To view more photos of today’s graduation, visit the official NYPD Facebook page: