Explorers program prepares teens for law enforcement careers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Being a police officer is a difficult and demanding profession, and it sometimes comes with intense scrutiny.

With the demands and risks of the job, Columbus police are trying to make sure they can prepare young people who are interested in becoming officers as early as possible.

When 16-year old Makayla Jones talks about her future, she already knows what she wants her career to be.

“I want to become a Columbus police officer,” says Jones.

For the last 2 years Jones has been working towards her future career in law enforcement through the Columbus Police Explorer Youth Program.

“It has taught me how to gain community relations relationship with people. It showed me that not every situation is the same, everything is different no matter what,” Jones says.

The program is designed for 14 to 20 year-olds who want to become police officers.  They are put in realistic situations from handling traffic stops to bomb threats.

“The primary purpose of the exploring is to give them the opportunity to experience it,” says Officer Jason Jackson, Senior Advisor of the Columbus Explorer Youth Program. “There are people who think they want to be a police officer and then when they realize all the hard work to and things that go into it they decide that it’s not for them.”>

“I like to help others in need. Being a police officer i feel like it just has so much respect,” said Jones.

For more information, feel free to contact one of the following officers:

Main Number: (614) 724-9757

Officer Jason Jackson, #619 (Senior Advisor)

Officer Eric Westbrook #2532 (Senior Advisor)

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