Employees of the Kingsport Police Department, with sponsorship and funding by the F.O.P, established a Law Enforcement Explorer Post in 1988. Explorers are a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. Our Explorer, Post #185, is an organization that enables young adults, male and female, to participate in many types of educational and recreational activities. The purpose of this program is to allow young adults who are interested in law enforcement as a career, to learn and experience the many aspects of this type of occupation.
At each of our weekly meetings, guest speakers are invited to discuss their field of expertise. These topics relate to the many aspects of law enforcement and some of the more recent meetings included topics on the following:
- Tactical Training on Self-Defense/Handcuffing Procedure
- Basic Firearms Familiarization
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Traffic Direction and Investigation
Explorers are issued special uniforms identifying each person as a member of the Kingsport Explorer Post. Being an Explorer means that you are willing to make a commitment to becoming an active member of this unique group of individuals. It provides an opportunity to learn about law enforcement, but to have fun while doing so. This program is curently overseen by Patrolman Justin McConnell and Officer Andrew Goddard.
The National Explorer Code
"I believe that America's strength lies in her trust in God and in the courage and strength of her people.
I will, therefore, be faithful to my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my life.
I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
I will recognize the dignity and worth of my fellow men and will use fair play and goodwil in dealing with them.
I will acquire the Exploring attitude that seeks the truth in all things and adventure on the frountiers of our changing world."
If you are interested in becoming a police Explorer you can visit our Employment and Volunteer Opportunities page for requirements and application information.