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Sheriff's office forming Explorer post

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Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp is in the planning stages of forming a Junior Deputy Explorer post.

The post will be designed as a way for interested 14- to 20-years to explore career opportunities within law enforcement and is part of Tripp’s continued Benefiting the Children of Halifax County campaign.

The program is open to those in the age group who have no serious criminal background and are of good moral character. “We’ll meet once a week and have different topics of discussions.”

There will be ride alongs, possible discussions by the district attorney’s office and probation and parole and other activities.

The program could be a factor to help those interested in working with the sheriff’s office or help them explore other branches of criminal justice, Tripp said.

The sheriff sees the post a way to “put a positive face on law enforcement, let them know they can trust us. It will enable kids to ask questions and get real answers.”

The ride alongs will be for Explorers 16 to 20.

Tripp has been working with Joe Long of the 4-H Rural Life Center, who has experience in scouting and with the recently formed Trail Life USA. “He’s been giving us guidance and advice. We’re hoping to start by the end of this summer.”

One of the requirements of post members will be they need to stay in school. “Education is important. For those who don’t want to go into law enforcement it will give them a better understanding of what law enforcement does and we hope they have a better respect of what law enforcement officers go through.”

For more information call Tripp at 252-578-6761 or come by the sheriff’s office at 355 Ferrell Lane in Halifax to pick up an application.

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