Back in February of 2019, the Suffolk County Police Explorer Program approached Legislator Rudy Sunderman about their need to acquire a vehicle to transport their members to and from events and trainings. Upon receiving this request, Legislator Sunderman jumped into action and worked tirelessly to help see this come to fruition.
“The Police Explorer Program is vital to so many young adults who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement,” Stated Legislator Sunderman. “Anything I could do to help them administer this program for the benefit of the children is a positive for everyone involved.”
Founded in 1973 the Police Explorers Program is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program and has been active in Suffolk County since 1975. This career-oriented program provides young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 the opportunity to work with local law enforcement agencies to give them insight into the skills and techniques necessary to be a Police Officer. This a volunteer public service program and while explorers do not perform the duties of a police officer; they can provide assistance in public service programs, such as crime prevention.
The vehicle that was chosen is a decommissioned mini-bus from the Suffolk County Transportation system. The employees of Public Works gave the bus an overhaul and tune up, and a new paint job, complete with Police Department decals. The bus was transferred to the explorers on Monday August 19, and is now designated for their use. Because of the relentless persistence of Legislator Sunderman to acquire this vehicle for the Police Explorers they will now have the ability to safely transport their members and advisors to training activities and community events, which will better serve the program to advance the knowledge and skills of all of our dedicated Police Explorers.
“It was important for me to help the Explorers accomplish their goal and secure this vehicle,” said Sunderman. “At the end of the day something needed to get done to help these kids in their pursuit of a career in law enforcement and I am happy to see this through to the end.”