The Omaha Police Department’s Explorer Post 591 will be honored with the William H. Spurgeon Award for outstanding service to the Exploring program at the Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council Awards Reception.
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., at the Westside Community Conference Center.
Exploring is part of the Boy Scouts of America Learning For Life program for young men and women who are at least 14 years old (and have completed eighth grade), but are not yet 21. The program is operated by chartered organizations (local community organizations, businesses, industries, professional organizations, churches and civic groups) with programs that match the interests of young adults.
Explorer Post 591, sponsored by the Omaha Police Department, allows youth to experience the world of law enforcement.
Explorer Post 591 is managed through OPD’s Crime Prevention Unit. The Post holds regular weekly meetings at OPD’s Northwest Assembly, 10245 Wiesman Drive (just north of 103rd & Fort). The meetings are held Thursdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
During the regular meetings, the Explorers receive training in Police procedures, accident investigation, search and arrest, radio communications, criminal investigations, as well as many other facets of law enforcement.
Explorers have the opportunity to work with Police Officers on a number of police-sponsored projects that include the Omaha Police Safety Expo, Scout Day and numerous crime prevention events and community events.