Westwood Police Explorers Post 516 is a group of Presidentially recognized young men and women, ages 14-21, interested in learning about a career in a law enforcement. The Explorers are chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, however it is locally run and is coed. The post is open to residents of Westwood and on a space available basis to residents of surrounding communities.
The Explorers meet at the police station twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Meetings range from guest speakers and field trips to training. Guest speakers and field trips aim to expose explorers to the many facets of law enforcement and have included state, federal, county and other local agencies as well as private security agencies. Some of the training the Explorers receive includes: CPR and first aid, traffic control, radio procedure and criminal law. The Explorers also participate in an annual competition against explorer posts from around the state.
Once properly trained Explorers have a chance to put their training into action through various community service activities. The Explorers assist the department with many public safety campaigns and assist with traffic and parking at town events such as road races, the holiday tree lighting and the annual fireworks. Westwood Police Explorers also have the opportunity to accompany officers on patrol in a structured ride-along program. The Explorers have also served as a source for extra manpower during emergency situations such as missing person searches and emergency shelter operations.
If you think you may be interested in a career in law enforcement, law or any public service, Westwood Police Explorers Post 516 would be a great opportunity to gain valuable experience.
For more information contact the post advisor, Sgt. Paul Sicard at 781.320.1000 or by email.