Knoxville police holding orientations for next Explorer class

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The Knoxville Police Department is holding two orientations for its next Explorer Academy class that begins next month.

Anyone interested in taking part in the class must attend one of the two orientations. One is scheduled on Monday, January 21, at 5:30 p.m., and the other is Friday, January 25, also at 5:30 p.m., at the Knoxville City Court, 800 Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard.

People between 14 and 20 years old who have completed eighth grade are eligible and must bring a parent or guardian to the orientation, regardless of age.

The Explorer program is designed to introduce young men and women to law enforcement as a potential career. They are trained by advisors, who are also Knoxville police officers, and exposed to police activities like traffic stops, crime scene investigation, handcuffing, search and seizure, firearms familiarization, driving skills, building searches, domestic violence, defensive tactics, report writing, ethics and behavior, physical fitness, community oriented policing, and more.

Anyone with questions can email Sgt. Samuel Henard.

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