Toppenish Police Department's Youth Explorer Program Gains Popul - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Toppenish Police Department's Youth Explorer Program Gains Popularity

Posted: Updated:
It's the second year for the Toppenish Police Department's Youth Explorer Program, and they're excited about its gaining popularity. It's the second year for the Toppenish Police Department's Youth Explorer Program, and they're excited about its gaining popularity.
TOPPENISH, WA - It's the second year for the Toppenish Police Department's Youth Explorer Program, and they're excited about its gaining popularity.

When Toppenish Police first started the program they only had a handful of recruits. But this year, they're up to the maximum which is 20 recruits and there's even a waiting list.

Police said you have to be between 14 to 21 years of age. It's a teaching program where kids learn the basics of criminal law.

As a police explorer, you can't carry a gun or make any arrests, but police said explorers still play an important role. They are an extra pair of eyes and ears on the community.

Police said it also helps those kids stay out of trouble.

"There is a gang issue here," said Sgt. Jake Church with the Toppenish Police Department. "I mean it's better, but it's still there and it offers kids something constructive to do. We have trainings with them that are two hours a week, they get involved. They have to maintain a certain standard of behavior."

Police said after you're old enough to leave the explorer program, they hope some recruits will want to become reserve officers. Officers said in smaller police departments like Toppenish, reserve officers are crucial because those volunteers are often used to help patrol the streets.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • The Mahre brothers: local twin skiers who won gold and silver in slalom

    The Mahre brothers: local twin skiers who won gold and silver in slalom

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-02-23 01:08:15 GMT

    Many people in eastern Washington may not remember or even realize that there are two Winter Olympic medalists that were born and still live in Yakima. 

    More >>

    Many people in eastern Washington may not remember or even realize that there are two Winter Olympic medalists that were born and still live in Yakima. 

    More >>
  • Armed robbery in Yakima at mini mart

    Armed robbery in Yakima at mini mart

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 AM EST2018-02-22 16:28:36 GMT
    YAKIMA- On February 21st, 2018 at approximately 9:15 PM, Yakima Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at a mini mart in the 300 block of North 8th Street. While officers were arriving in the area they were advised that a Hispanic or Native American male had entered the store and shot a person while inside during the robbery. Officers found a 63-year-old male inside the store with a gunshot wound to his right leg. Officers applied first aid until medics arrived. The ...More >>
    YAKIMA- On February 21st, 2018 at approximately 9:15 PM, Yakima Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at a mini mart in the 300 block of North 8th Street. While officers were arriving in the area they were advised that a Hispanic or Native American male had entered the store and shot a person while inside during the robbery. Officers found a 63-year-old male inside the store with a gunshot wound to his right leg. Officers applied first aid until medics arrived. The ...More >>
  • USASA competition at White Pass Ski Area

    USASA competition at White Pass Ski Area

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:31 PM EST2018-02-22 00:31:22 GMT

    While the Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang, over the weekend here, locals participated in a winter sport competition of their own. 

    More >>

    While the Olympics are taking place in Pyeongchang, over the weekend here, locals participated in a winter sport competition of their own. 

    More >>