Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson announced that the Trenton Police Department (TPD) is bringing back its Explorer Program, which gives teenagers and young adults the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in law enforcement while learning important life skills.

The TPD has scheduled open house information sessions for Nov. 6, 2021 and Nov. 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both sessions are located at TPD Hheadquarters on 225 North Clinton Ave.

The program is open to teenagers ages 14 and over who have completed the eighth grade and adults ages 18 through 20. All applicants must live in Mercer County.

Full program descriptions and applications can be found via the links below and will be available at the information sessions. Completed applications can also be submitted to Detective Tamika N. Veal at tveal@trentonpolice.net. All applications must be received by Dec. 3, 2021.

The TPD program is a part of a nationally recognized career education program chartered through Learning for Life. Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.

The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. The program also promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. For more information, visit https://www.exploring.org/law-enforcement/.

“We’re really excited to bring this program back to the Capital City,” said Director Wilson. “In fact, The Trenton Police Department in previous years won the N.J. State Youth Law Enforcement Competition. This is a great youth engagement tool and helps get more local residents excited about serving their community as law enforcement officers.”