The Joplin Police Department Explorer Post #164 is a group made up of 10-15 explorers. Three police officers supervise the post and all three are former JPD explorers themselves, so they believe very strongly in the program. Post Advisor Sgt. Jared Delzell and Associate Advisors, Officer Hayden Hinkle and Officer Levi Winstead, spend about five hours each week preparing and teaching classroom and practical training. The explorers meet every week for three or four hours.
The goal of our post, which is sponsored by the Public Safety Cadets, is to educate our area youth in the career and related fields of law enforcement. We train on all aspects of law enforcement from policy to tactics. This program is a great way to spend time with youth, teaching them good moral values and demonstrating how the criminal justice system works.
The explorers assist the police department in directing traffic and parking cars at City sponsored events, the Christmas parade, and other events throughout the year. By volunteering their time, they earn ride-along time with officers.