Rocky River/North Olmsted
By Sue Botos
High school students considering a career in law enforcement will be given the opportunity to get a front seat view, front of a police car that is, with the new Westshore Explorer’s Post.
The police departments of Rocky River and North Olmsted are partnering with the Learning for Life division of the Boy Scouts of America to establish an Explorer’s post, which will be open to high school aged youth interested in police work. At this time, membership will be limited to residents of those two cities.
“The last Citizens’ Police Academy class suggested something similar for youths, and at the same time, (North Olmsted police Chief) Jamie Gallagher and (Rocky River police Chief) Kelly Stillman attended a meeting and heard about the program,” noted Rocky River police Sgt. George Lichman. He explained that Learning for Life gives students the chance to learn about a variety of professions, but police and fire work seem to be the most popular.
Planned activities for post members include a tour of a court room, police station and jail, assisting police officers at community events, a ride-along with an on-duty patrolman, and a meeting with judges, detectives and prosecutors.
Other topics will include how to become a police officer, domestic violence and stalking laws, the K-9 unit, marine patrol, laws of arrest, crime prevention, internet safety and alcohol and drug awareness.
An informational meeting for both parents and students will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. At the Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., in Rocky River.
For additional information, contact North Olmsted Police Chief Jamie Gallagher, at 440-777-3535, or Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman, or Lichman at 440-331-1234.