Quick News: Maywood Police Looking To Re-Launch Explorers Program With Jazz Event; National Police Week May 11th to 17th

Monday, May 12, 2014 || By Michael Romain 

Maywood Police department seeking to bring back Explorers program on a Jazzy note

Police Explorers
Police Explorers (Photo: http://www.hopatcongpolice.org)

The Maywood Police department is planning on bringing back its Police Explorers program, according to Chief Valdimir Talley. The program stopped between 2008-2009, he said.

“Exploring is the adult side of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and is open to male and female youth, ages 14 to 20,” the Chief said. “They call it exploring, because it allows the youth to identify with a particular career. I’ve been in touch with BSA executives, so we’re all geared up to start. I just want to start correctly and I want to make sure that I have all the resources and tools I need to give these kids a wonderful experience.”

To that end, the department has planned a fundraising event called Tuesday’s Johari in Maywood to take place on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 7PM to 10PM, at Mariella’s Banquet Hall, 124 S. 5th Avenue. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

“We are very pleased that Mariella’s has offered to donate their facility,” Chief Talley said. “One of the percussionists from Ramsey Lewis’s band is bringing along some musicians and they’re donating their skills and talents. We’re bringing an experience to Maywood so we can bring back the Exploers the right way. We want to be able to have money to take them on field trips and engage them in projects that enables them to learn about conservation, the state police, the FBI…”

“Johari means jewel in Swahili. That’s how i see Maywood. I see it as the jewel of the western suburbs and I want to make this law enforcement agency one of the peerless institutions within that jewel.”

He hopes that the fundraising event will pay for the start-up costs of implementing the reborn Maywood Police Explorers Post 100, including money for uniforms, transportation, insurance and miscellaneous expenses. The Chief said that his entire staff of five will be deployed to volunteer with the program. Each staff member can oversee up to ten young people, so he anticipates registration not to exceed fifty participants.

All participants will be required to fill out a waiver form and Boy Scout application, and undergo background screening. Participants under 18 will be required to provide the signature of a parent or guardian.

“I want the opportunity to show kids that there’s a different opportunity out there,” Chief Talley said. “They learn about leadership; they get exposed to positive adult models; they learn about careers, life skills and service; and they have opportunities to win scholarships for college.”

Community Relations Officer Pirsia Allen, one of the Chief’s staff members who will be volunteering with the program, said that participants entering college will also be given a listing of scholarships. He also emphasized the program’s career-building potential.

“This helps youth out when they send out information about scholarships. It also allows them to build their resumes both for college and a job,” he said.

And the benefits don’t end with the participants. Chief Talley said that the program could go a long way toward identifying and recruiting potential officers for the department who were raised right here in Maywood

“The benefit for police is that hopefully we’ll identify someone from the community who is satisfied with this type of career field and would want to be a Maywood telecommunicator or police officer or records manager,” he said.

National Police Week: May 11 – 17

According to policeweek.org, “In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Maywood Police department will be commemorating National Police Week on May 15th, 7 PM, during a ceremony at the Village chambers (125 S.15th Avenue, Maywood, IL). Chief Talley will be recognizing officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. VFP

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