WGRZ: Buffalo Police looking for Explorer recruits

Buffalo Police are looking for young people interested in joining the department’s Buffalo Police Explorer program.

Explorers are mentored by police officers and foster a relationship between police and young people in the city. The program provides opportunities that promote leadership, confidence, self-discipline, and community service while developing an awareness of the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement and the Buffalo Police Department.

The Larkin Commerce Center has donated space for the Explorers to meet through 2021. “The City of Buffalo has to come together during these hard economical times,” said BPD Commissioner Byron Lockwood. “The Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Police Explorers have raised the awareness of this dire need in our community and I want it to inspire our youth to join the Buffalo Police Explorers this year. I also want to extend a thank you to the Larkin Commerce Center for donating meeting space for Buffalo Police Explorers this year.”

Applications are being accepted through Friday, Februray 12 and the 16 week program starts on February 16. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20 and live in the city and must commit to meet 1-2 times a week.

Young people interested in joining the Explorers can find an application here.

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NFP: Buffalo Police Department recruiting for Buffalo Police Explorers

Larkin Commerce Center donating space to Buffalo Police Explorers through 2021

The Buffalo Police Department, along with Buffalo Police Explorers (BPE), worked hard in 2020 to make a difference across Buffalo and is now recruiting BPE for 2021. The Larkin Commerce Center has taken notice of that work and donated space for the Buffalo Police Explorers to meet through 2021.

Applications for BPE are being accepted until Feb. 12 for the 16-week program that starts Feb. 16.

Explorers get mentored by volunteer Buffalo police officers. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20, live in the City of Buffalo, and must commit to meet one or two times a week. Leadership positions are elected by peers.

BPE adviser and BPD officer Joelle Bence urged the youth within the City of Buffalo to apply to build strong leadership and mentorship skills.

“Buffalo Police Explorers have a strong presence in the local community and we want to build on their work in 2021,” Bence said. “The explorers are setting the example on how to build unity, safety and trust in the City of Good Neighbors.”

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron W. Lockwood said he is proud of how the BPD instills the value of community service. He said getting involved in community service on a daily basis will go a long way within the community.

“The City of Buffalo has to come together during these hard economical times,” Lockwood said. “The Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Police Explorers have raised the awareness of this dire need in our community, and I want it to inspire our youth to join the Buffalo Police Explorers this year. I also want to extend a thank you to the Larkin Commerce Center for donating meeting space for Buffalo Police Explorers this year.”

Those interested can apply at buffalopoliceexplorers.com. Watch the Buffalo Police Explorers in action.

About Buffalo Police Explorers

Buffalo Police Explorers fosters a relationship between Buffalo Police Department officers and youth in the City of Buffalo by providing opportunities that promote leadership, confidence, self-discipline and community service, all while developing an awareness of the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement and the BPD. Learn more at buffalopoliceexplorers.com.

Buffalo News: Buffalo Police Department looking for recruits for Explorers program

he Buffalo Police Department is looking for recruits for its youth Explorers program that begins Feb. 16.

The program is designed to “foster relationships between Buffalo police officers and youth in the City of Buffalo by providing opportunities that promote leadership, confidence, self discipline and community service,” according to a flyer for the program.

Applicants must be city residents between the ages of 14 and 20 and must commit to meeting once or twice a week for the 16-week program.

Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 12.

For more information, go to buffalopoliceexplorers.com.

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WGRZ: Buffalo Police wrap presents for foster family, hand out clothes

 Buffalo Police along with Buffalo Police Explorers helped make the season bright for others in the community.

On Wednesday afternoon they wrapped presents for a foster family that they adopted this season. Those gifts will be delivered by Christmas.

“Putting others’ needs in front of your own during tough and tragic times goes a long way in bringing together a community,” according to Joelle Bence, the Buffalo Police Explorers advisor and a Buffalo Police Officer, in a statement.https://8f727e5519eca04ebfe4978c91aef8a9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

“These officers and Explorers are setting the example in how helping even one family can bring unity, safety, and trust in the City of Good Neighbors.”

Buffalo Police and the Explorers also handed out coats and socks during an event Wednesday evening at the Ferry-Fillmore District Station on East Ferry Street.

“The City of Buffalo has to come together during these hard economical times,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood said in a statement. “The Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Police explorers have raised the awareness of this dire need in our community and I want it to inspire every citizen to do their part this holiday season and beyond.”

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NFP: Buffalo Police, Buffalo Police Explorers spreading holiday spirit throughout City of Good Neighbors

Displaying commitment to Buffalo community

Buffalo Police and Buffalo Police Explorers (BPE) have worked hard this holiday season to make a difference to families across Buffalo. BPE will be getting together at North East District (2767 Bailey Ave.) to finish wrapping presents Wednesday for the foster family they adopted this season. The gifts will be delivered to the family in time for Christmas.

Buffalo Police Explorers adviser and BPD Officer Joelle Bence said she strongly believes in helping families within the community – especially during the winter season. Bence said she hopes the Buffalo Police and BPE will encourage others to help those less fortunate during these difficult times.

“Putting others’ needs in front of your own during tough and tragic times goes a long way in bringing together a community,” Bence said. “These officers and explorers are setting the example in how helping even one family can bring unity, safety and trust in the City of Good Neighbors.”

To keep community members warm this winter, Buffalo Police and BPE recently held a coat and sock drive called “Spread The Warmth,” which produced hundreds of coats and socks. The drive collected gently used coats and many brand-new coats purchased by BPD personnel. The drive even inspired executive director of Kids Event Tickets, Dean Gallagher, to donate $800 in gift cards for Buffalo Police Explorers and their advisers to shop for coats and socks for the drive.

Coats and socks have been picked up by employees of organizations such as Haven House, children’s service agencies and other organizations around Buffalo. On Wednesday, Brian Pilaski, executive director of the Seneca-Babcock Community Association, will hand out the remaining items at Fillmore-Ferry District at 693 East Ferry St.

The Buffalo Police Explorers also helped wrap a car full of toys with BPE board members for Buffalo’s youth this holiday season. The toys were donated to the Buffalo Police Department by the Shotgun, Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (Shotgun LEMC) of Buffalo, which began collecting toys in November. Frontline officers in the northeast districts will hand the wrapped presents to kids they see along their path this holiday season.

“This is more than giving away toys – this is about spreading the spirit of giving amongst the entire community, adults and children,” Bence said. “Once we have established that sense of compassion within our community, we can join together more than we know.”

Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron W. Lockwood said he is proud of how the BPD instills the value of community service in Buffalo. He said he believes getting involved in community service on a daily basis will go a long way within the community, and working with other groups such as Shotgun LEMC of Buffalo is a great way to make a difference.

“The City of Buffalo has to come together during these hard economical times,” Lockwood said. “The Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Police Explorers have raised the awareness of this dire need in our community, and I want it to inspire every citizen to do their part this holiday season and beyond.”

Buffalo Police Explorers fosters a relationship between BPD officers and youth in the City of Buffalo by providing opportunities that promote leadership, confidence, self-discipline and community service all while developing an awareness of the purpose, mission and objectives of law enforcement and the Buffalo Police Department. Learn more at buffalopoliceexplorers.com.

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Spectrum News: Inspiring the Next Generation of Officers

At the age of 14, Curtis Whitlock has a pretty good idea what he’d like to do when he’s an adult.

“My name is Curtis Whitlock, and I am captain here of Squad 1 and Squad 2 of the BPD Explorers,” he said.

  • Buffalo Police Explorers is made up of recruits 14 to 20-years-old 
  • Application process begins in June 
  • Non-profit program is trying to raise $30,000 to cover first year costs

Curtis is one of 35 recruits for Buffalo Police Explorers Post #638.

“It’s something with a purpose that can help you with your career someday,” Curtis said.

What may look like just sit ups and pushups is really training for his future.

“You really learn the everyday life of an officer and what it takes,” Curtis said.

The first and third Saturday of the month, a group of 14 to 20-year-olds meet at Delaware Park for an hour and a half of physical training. This is just a glimpse into what they do during the year-long program.

From first aid training, to learning the importance of volunteerism, they work their way up to the standards of a Buffalo Police Department officer.

“It’s a great opportunity, I have really, really enjoyed it,” Curtis said. “It’s just an awesome thing to do.”

This is his second round with an Explorer Program. Two years ago he was part of one in Wheatfield, but that program’s funding was cut.

It’s possible the Buffalo program could meet the same fate.

“We are completely run on donations and fundraising efforts, so it’s a challenge to outfit and get the things necessary for 35 recruits,” said Joelle Bence,  a Buffalo police officer and the program’s adviser.

Bence said startup costs between the application process to be a non-profit, uniforms, trips and other classrooms expenses is $30,000. Currently, a GoFundMe effort is underway to get at least $5,000. For her, the effort is priceless, though as the program is shaping the future of Buffalo.

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