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RECRUITING

Our goal is to recruit area youth and give them a foundation in public service to become future members of Kalamazoo Public Safety.  Advisors and Explorers actively recruit at each event we attend.  We visit several area schools and Public Safety youth academies.

The Post continues to recruit new members through our EFE program (Education for Employment) which is a high school academic program taught by KDPS Officer/ Explorer Advisor Jeff Crouse.

Some of the main eligibility requirements are as follows:

Applicant must:

  • Attend a Kalamazoo county high school OR a high school within 30 minutes driving distance to the City of  Kalamazoo.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA (or show significant recent improvement) until completion of high school
  • Must be between the age of 14-21 and have completed the 8th grade
  • No Misdemeanor or Felony convictions (extenuating circumstances may be evaluated on a case by case basis)

For additional Explorer meeting and requirements, contact Explorer Advisor PSO Brandon Noble at nobleB@kalamazoocity.org or PSO Derek Weldon at weldond@kalamazoocity.org.

 

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Testimonials

"Being an Explorer with Kalamazoo Public Safety helped me with identifying the career that I wanted to pursue. It eventually led to me being employed with Kalamazoo Public Safety. I attribute being hired as a public safety officer largely to the Explorer Program."

"Being an Explorer helped with more than just my career. It helped me in becoming a young adult. I learned the importance of needing to do the best you can in anything that you do. Additionally, it helped me understand the importance of being held accountable for my own actions. While learning these traits I had fun. The academies, meetings, state competitions and other functions all were a great time."

"It is truly a program that is worth participating in for any young adult that has the slightest interest in law enforcement."
  

PSO Nathan Garnaat
Currently Assigned to Operations

"As an explorer I was able to gain first hand knowledge of what the position of a law enforcement officer would entail. With hands on training from traffic stops, firearms, criminal law, and other related courses, I was able to have a leap ahead of others in my field when I attended college. There was no doubt in my mind that being an explorer played a tremendous role in the type of police officer I am today. If anyone is interested in law enforcement as a career, I would most certainly recommend them to become an explorer or at least check it out, as it has a lot to offer."

PSO Derrick Turner
Currently Assigned to KVET
 

"I was involved in the Explorer post for two years.  The Explorer Competition was my most memorable experience.  I competed with partners in domestic assault scenarios and took a fifth place award.  I was hired by KDPS in 2001, and am currently working with KVET and the DEA."
 
 

PSO/DEA TFO Theodore Westra
Currently Assigned to KVET

"I have worked for Kalamazoo Public Safety for 7 years. I am currently assigned to the Community Policing Unit, where I serve the Northside of Kalamazoo. All growing up I wanted to be a Police Officer. When I was a teenager I joined the Kalamazoo Public Safety Explorer Post. I was an Explorer for 4 years prior to getting hired as an Officer."

PSO/CPO David Juday
Currently Assigned to Operations

"Being an Explorer for six years made it a smooth transition in becoming an officer.  The opportunities and experiences are unlike any other program.  From going through fire academy, to participating in ride-alongs, the program helped build confidence and familiarity with the profession, prior to becoming an officer."

 
PSO Derek Weldon
Currently Assigned to Operations
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