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Real Life Training For Young People Interested in Law Enforcement

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Most jobs have internships, but if you want to go into law enforcement the training you want is the Explorer program. Up to a quarter of the officers at the Yakima Police Department went through some kind of Explorer program as young adults.

Before any officer has the opportunity to chase down a suspect they do a lot of sitting. In classrooms, just like the Explorers did Thursday night, training for their oral board examinations. 

An oral board is one of many tests to become a police officer. Meeting once a week, on Thursday nights, the Explorers train and many volunteer at public events during the rest of the week. The popular program gets passed on by word of mouth.

"One of my friends happened to be an Explorer and she told me about it. And ever since then I started coming and moved up to sergeant and then lieutenant and now captain," said Sylvia Tijade.

Explorers have the chance to go out in the field and do real police work ride-a-longs, traffic control and more. Ages 16 to 21 can join the program, but the screening process is rigorous much like becoming an officer. This means a clean record and passing a polygraph test.

If you'd like to join the Explorer program go to the YPD and pick-up an application.