Police Explorers excel at training academy

BY DAVE BENJAMIN Staff Writer

Jackson police Detective Campbell Brown (l) and Jackson police Capt. Richard Ferrarelli (r) join Explorer Lt. Daniel Scharff, Explorer Capt. Jesse Brownell and Explorer Charles Grossmith (center, l-r) at the Monmouth County Police Athletic League Law Enforcement Exploring Career Training Academy at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Jackson police Detective Campbell Brown (l) and Jackson police Capt. Richard Ferrarelli (r) join Explorer Lt. Daniel Scharff, Explorer Capt. Jesse Brownell and Explorer Charles Grossmith (center, l-r) at the Monmouth County Police Athletic League Law Enforcement Exploring Career Training Academy at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. JACKSON — Police Explorers from Post 168 recently completed a training program at the Monmouth County Police Athletic League Law Enforcement Exploring Career Training Academy on the campus of Monmouth University, West Long Branch.

“The academy, which was held from July 12 through July 18, gives the Explorers a limited glimpse into what a true police academy is all about and prepares them as they continue their journey into a career in law enforcement,” said Jackson Police Explorers adviser Detective Campbell Brown.

While at the 2009 academy, Explorer Capt. Jesse Brownell, 17, successfully completed Phase 3 of the academy.

“Jesse earned the Top Cop award for overall preparedness, attitude and training for his phase,” Brown said. “He also earned first place in report writing and third place in the burglary in progress scenario in his phase.”

Brown said Explorer Lt. Daniel Scharff, 18, successfully completed Phase 2 of the academy. Scharff earned second place for physical training overall and third place in the “burglary in progress” scenario in his phase, Brown said.

“I have learned a lot of new things about police work and leadership over the past two years at the academy and in our post,” Scharff said.

Explorer Charles Grossmith, 17, successfully completed Phase 1 of the academy and earned first place for academics in his phase.

“These young men have put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the academy, and they have done a phenomenal job,” Brown said.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Career Training Academy is a program designed for young men and young women who wish to explore a career in law enforcement. Brown said students stay on campus for the program.

Participants are taught by certified instructors who have expertise in the field in which they teach. Program instruction is given through written, hands-on and practical applications, all under the direction of qualified adult law enforcement personnel.

Youth participants at the academy are all registered members of local Law Enforcement Exploring posts from all parts of the state.

Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America, falling under the Learning for Life program classification.

Brown said local youths train throughout the year both academically and physically to prepare for the academy, which is broken down into four phases of participation.

To become a graduate of the program, a participant must complete all four phases. A participant can only participate in one phase each year; therefore, to become a graduate, a four-year commitment to the program is required.

To date, there are more than 100 graduates of the program who are currently employed in the field of law enforcement.

For information about joining the Jackson Police Explorers, contact Detective Campbell Brown at 732-833-3008 or send an email to cbrown@jacksontwpnj.net.

For additional information, visit www.policeathleticleague.org and click on the Academy program link.