Forest Park police have a range of positive programs that reach out to kids and teens in the area. The Explorer project is run in conjunction with the Boy Scouts, which focuses on teens who are actively interested in learning the inner workings of law enforcement.

The program was brought about by the openness of top brass and the strong interest of individual officers. It is open to any local teen – boys or girls – who have a fair academic record and no previous police record.

Explorers learn the inside dope on what it is like to be a police officer. The program also involves service projects traditional in scouting. Those projects include being active and visible at public events in Forest Park, and, come spring, cleaning uncared for military graves at Forest Home Cemetery.

Explorers reflect well both on our police department and on our teens.