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Lockport police looking for Explorers




September 23 – Lockport Police Explorers are looking to give young people a look into real-life police life at two meetings per month from October to June.

Young people between the ages of 15 and 20 are invited to apply for admission.

Instructors will include Officer Bill Jones, Officer Julie Snyder, Officer Miguel Bermudez, Officer Michael Stroud, and Lieutenant Colonel Dave Betlake as primary supervisors, but other experts, such as officers on Team K9, will come and discuss their area of ​​expertise.

Topics to be covered include forensics and detective work, custody issues (handcuffing, seizure, fingerprints), firearms, reality-based training, physical training, and traffic stops.

“We started this year with forensics,” Betlik said.

Forensic training includes fingerprinting, as well as DNA collection and securing evidence. Pytlik said the explorers would be placed in two rooms – a working example of a typical crime scene – with a broken window, some strands of hair, cell phones, and other evidence for them to catalog and collect using real-world police skills.


Retired police officers have volunteered to role-play traffic stop training, which will highlight a dangerous situation in which an individual who has been stopped has a weapon or is known to have been a police killer in the past.

Young people accepted into the program must have a parent’s permission to participate, maintain at least a “C” grade point average in school and remain in good moral standing.

This is the second year of Lockport Police Explorers, and three of the four inaugural program participants are returning. The fourth participant will be going to college, Petlake said.

Police Scouts is an opportunity for young people to learn about the work of the police and whether or not they are interested in entering the field.

“We usually get people who want to become police officers, but everyone is welcome,” Petlake said. “We want the community to know what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.”

To obtain an application, email [email protected] or go to the walking window at the Lockport Police Department, at the back of the City Hall off Niagara Street.


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