The Montgomery County Police Department’s Explorer Post 1986 will host an open house and silent auction Saturday in hopes of raising travel funds for its national conference in July.
The post is part of a national program that aims to teach people ages 14 to 20 about a career in law enforcement. It includes classes and demonstrations that stretch across the spectrum of police work.
Every other year, participants are given the chance to use their knowledge and skills at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. They will compete in events against Explorers from around the country and attend seminars by some of the nation’s top law enforcement officials.
This year’s conference will be held in Bloomington, Ind., from July 14 to 19, and with just more than 50 young adults in the county’s program, traveling to Bloomington will be neither easy nor cheap.
“We’re hoping to raise around $15,000 to $20,000 through the [open house and silent auction],” said Officer George Stephens, the program’s senior adviser. “The total cost for the trip will run about $30,000.”
The open house and silent auction is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville. The event will include face painting, food vendors and demonstrations from dog, SWAT and fire units.
Those seeking to join the program may apply online at mcpexplorers.org/ or at the academy from 6 to 8:30 p.m. any Wednesday during the school year, where prospective members can check out the program and meet members.