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WCSO accepting applications for Explorers Academy

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Young people between the ages of 14 and 20 are invited to apply for the upcoming Wilson County Sheriff's Office Post #328 Explorers Academy.

WCSO is currently recruiting for young people interested in applying to join the new Post #328 Explorers Academy, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the WCSO Training Room. Applications may be obtained at the sheriff's office, located at 105 East High Street in Lebanon. Anyone interested in participating can come to the class but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration is $25. A complete list of classes and dates is available upon request.

So far, an estimated 10 students from Wilson County Schools have signed up for the program. It includes more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety and survival, arrest and search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.

"Whether you are interested in a career in law enforcement or just exploring possibilities for a future career path, we welcome you to apply," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "The program is designed to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility."

The Explorers is a division of Boy Scouts of America and is open to Wilson County students who have completed the eighth grade as long as they meet the requirements, have parental approval and maintain at least a "C" average in school.

"This program is designed to teach self-discipline, respect and integrity," said Officer Christopher Keyes. "Our advisors will help the students learn to perform just as our officers do on a daily basis with expectations that they will become role models for others whether they are in class or participating in everyday activities just as we do. I think you will find most of our recent graduates can tell you how proud they were to have completed the last academy activities and how important teamwork is to becoming successful."

To apply, contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Office at (615) 444-1412 and ask to be connected to Keyes, Emy Bates or any Explorers' advisor.

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