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Published July 21, 2011, 10:17 PM

Youth Explore Border Patrol Law Enforcement

The Grand Forks Border Patrol station is starting a new program for youth. People ages 14 to 20 can take part in a new explorer program right here in Grand Forks.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ

The Grand Forks Border Patrol station is starting a new program for youth. People ages 14 to 20 can take part in a new explorer program right here in Grand Forks.

Nine people came out for the first ever Law Enforcement Explorer Program at the Border Station here in Grand Forks. The program will last three months and will help youth learn more about careers in law enforcement.

"I really want to do it. At first I was a little skeptical about it, I wasn't really sure but now I think I definitely want to do it," Border Patrol Law Enforcement Explorer Amber Lautt said.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program kicked off tonight in Grand Forks. Tonight is the first night in a three month learning process at the Explorer Post Academy.

"They'll learn law enforcement tactics, specifically the Border Patrol tactics and how we operate. They'll learn immigration law, they'll learn constitutional law, statutory law. We'll teach them how to do tactically vehicle stops, we go into safety. A lot of important is officer safety, so learn how to defend themselves," Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Stacy Forbes said.

Youth in the program learn these basic skills, in addition to physical training. The group meets twice each week.

"Out of everything, just get in shape for one thing, meet the new people. And then he said all the stuff about you know experience, you know I think this is a good age to start to get all the experience," Lautt said.

Experience that will help now and in the future.

"If they choose the path of law enforcement, many law enforcement officers throughout the country were prior explorers growing up. It's kind of like a step ahead when they attend, you know if they go to college, if they choose to go that route, they're already familiar with what we've already learned. We're teaching them constitutional law, it's just a leg up," Forbes said.

"The goal of the program is to create good citizens, first off, teach responsibility, pride, honor, integrity," Forbes added.

"yeah, I think it's really exciting. I mean it doesn't ask too much from you, its not like seven days a week, like 24-7. So I think it's really reasonable," Lautt said.

The explorer program is designed to bring in new people throughout the program. Explorers just need to complete the three month Academy training. Young explorers can get involved by contacting the Grand Forks Border Patrol Station. The Law Enforcement Explorer Post is located just one mile west of the airport.

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