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 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

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