On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, two explorers, Renata Sturlic and Steven Huffman, were promoted to the rank of Explorer Sergeant.
Five explorers competed for the two positions and the process was rigorous. To even be eligible to test, explorers had to be in good standing with the post and off of their six-month probationary period.
A total of 100 points were possible, and testing consisted of three parts:
Part 1: Sergeant’s Written Exam (50 pts)
Questions on the Sergeant’s exam covered several topics from previous classes, questions over the explorer handbook, and other similar questions an applicant might see on an entry-level police examination.
Part 2: Interview (35 pts)
The interview process consisted of seven questions meant to evaluate the applicant’s maturity, development, and leadership skills and potential. Both Explorer Post Advisors and the Explorer Captain graded responses from applicants. A total of five points were possible for each question and the scores were averaged to assign point totals.
Part 3: Practical Exercise (15 pts)
The practical exercise consisted of a graded traffic stop where explorers had to utilize proper radio traffic, officer safety techniques, inter-personal communication skills, and attention to detail. Post Advisors utilized a grading rubric to assign point totals.
Police Exploring is a career-oriented volunteer program sponsored by Learning for Life, a subsidiary program of the Boy Scouts of America. The program allows participants the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with their local law enforcement agencies.
The Macomb Police Explorer Post educates young men and women in the field of law enforcement through classroom instruction and practical exercises. Our curriculum is meant to help the explorer decide if the field of law enforcement is right for them and provide a sound foundation for which they can build their careers.
If you are interested in becoming a Macomb Police Explorer, please visit our website, www.macombpolice.com/police-explorers, to view the minimum requirements and download an application. Completed applications can be submitted in person or by mail to the Macomb Police Department.