NAPOLEON — The Black Swamp Area Council’s Exploring Division has announced that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be offering local students ages 14-20, who have completed the 8th grade, the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the law enforcement career field starting in the fall.

Through once a month meetings, students will be given hands-on experience in crime scene investigation, patrol techniques, fingerprinting, K-9 handling, firearms handling and safety, how to conduct traffic stops, first aid, and more.

The program is based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership experience. Explorers are offered the opportunity to gain exposure to various law enforcement fields through on-the-job observations and interactions with emergency services, dispatchers, corrections officers and road patrol deputies.

“We are excited to bring this program to Henry County,” said Sheriff Michael Bodenbender. “It is an opportunity to introduce local students to the law enforcement career field and for our deputies to build relationships with students.”

Application forms will be available at the open house that is scheduled for Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at 123 E. Washington St. The registration fee for this program is $44 and provides all participants with liability insurance. If you are interested in attending, want to RSVP, or have more questions contact Exploring Executive Matt Kibler at 567-245-1259 or email at matt.kibler@scouting.org Spots are limited, so don’t wait.

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