Police Explorers Investigate Law Enforcement In Cloquet

By KBJR News 1

October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
"Get in the car! Put the gun down!" yelled a Police Explorer.

This young man wants to be a police officer.
Luckily, this life and death scenario is only on video tape.
This and other drills took place on Saturday in Cloquet.

"Police Explorer posts from all over Minnesota come together and we participate in competitions." said Braeden Johnson of Rochester.

The competitions range from traffic stops to domestic violence interventions.
Police explorers are high school and college students who investigate hands on what law enforcement jobs entail.
One of the instructors is state trooper Neil Dickenson who moonlights as Moose Lake Willow River basketball coach.

"The students are doing very well. The explorers we've seen so far are doing a really good job." said Dickenson.

A good job in difficult situations.

"Come on, cop! Put the gun down!" said an Explorer during one of the drills.

"They definitely are challenging. They want to make you think like a real police officer would." said Explorer Johnson.

Most of the explorers drilling at Fon Du Lac Community and Tribal College were from the Twin Cities area.
According to Trooper Dickenson, there aren't too many explorer posts in the Northland.
He says young people here can ask to have one started where they live.

"If they do have an interest, contact you local sheriff, police or state trooper and find out how they can get in." said Dickenson.

In Cloquet, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

The Duluth Police Department is home to Explorer Post 244, named after Sergeant Gary Wilson who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago.
The Duluth Police Explorers are for men and women, ages 14–21, who are strongly interested in the field of law enforcement, are good students, and maintain excellent community relations with respect, service, and honesty.